Government extends job loss support scheme

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A FINANCIAL support scheme launched during the coronavirus outbreak for people who lost their jobs and were not eligible to claim benefits is to be extended by two months.

Deputy Judy Martin

The Covid-19 Related Emergency Support Scheme (CRESS) was rolled out to help Islanders who had been working in Jersey for less than five years and who lost their full-time employment because of the pandemic.

The scheme, launched on 1 April, provides weekly payments to cover basic costs, depending on the individual’s relationship status and whether they have children.

On 21 June there were 200 weekly active CRESS claims, which supported 240 adults and 30 children.

Announcing the extension, Social Security Minister Judy Martin said: ‘Although Jersey’s usual approach is that people need to live in Jersey for five years before they can claim Income Support, the past few months have been far from usual.

‘CRESS was introduced to support workers in recognition of the extraordinary situation they faced in Jersey.

‘The opening up of travel routes and the relaxation of health controls has now made it easier for migrants to return home or to find employment in Jersey. The original need for CRESS will reduce, and the extra two months’ extension gives workers time to make plans.’

A single person who has lived in Jersey for at least six months receives £150 per week under the scheme, while a couple who have both lost their jobs receive £250 per week. Those who have worked in Jersey for less than six months can claim £70 per person per week. A payment of £50 per child is also available.

Treasury Minister Susie Pinel said: ‘I’m pleased to support this extension to the CRESS scheme. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic the government has offered an unprecedented level of support to Islanders. This includes workers who have been unable to work and unable to return home.’

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