UWP Makes Recommendations for Government COVID19 Spending

first_img Share Share Share BusinessCoronavirusLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics UWP Makes Recommendations for Government COVID19 Spending by: – April 3, 2020 Tweetcenter_img 136 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! The United Workers Party is calling government to take steps much bolder than social distancing to preserve the quality of life in Dominica.In a social media post on Thursday, Hon Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Lennox Linton said health and economy cannot be mutually exclusive.Linton says emergency public support is a large part of the global response to mitigating the full impact of COVID19.He believes that injecting money into the economy now will help stabilise it in the long-term and international partners cannot be relied upon to foot that bill.Among recommendations, he listed:Paid sick leave COVID19 patients and caregiversWage replacement or layoff protection grants of at least 90% of income or $1,000 monthly Monthly income support grants for self-employedSupplementary income for hucksters, retail, tourism, bus drivers and other sectorsDeferral of payment for utilities and rent, Grants for medium and small enterprisesImmediate settlement of redundancy benefitsWaiver of penalties of late tax filings and deadline extensionWaiver of vat on electricity for April-JulyImmediate generation of jobs for Dominicans in public works, farming, fishing and animal husbandryReduced landing taxes to LIAT and other airlinesHealth insurance and death benefits for COVID19 frontline personnelSuspended payments of mortgages and loansMonthly grants for vulnerable groups: self-employed, homeless, single parent households, domestic workers, people with disabilities, victims of and those at risk of domestic violence and in shelters, and frontline health workers.Other recommendations were made for health care and agriculture, among others.He laments that no mention has been made by the Roosevelt Skerrit Government of spending to fund the COVID19 management strategy.last_img read more