Virus Outbreak: Grants for uninsured workers attract long lines

Taipei Times
Date: May 07, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Applicants for a one-time NT$10,000 COVID-19 pandemic relief payment line up outside the Sanchong District Office in New Taipei City yesterday.
Photo: Chou Hsiang-yun, Taipei Times

Long lines were seen yesterday outside the nation’s district and township offices as uninsured workers applied for a one-time payment of NT$10,000 as the government seeks to relieve their financial burden amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Executive Yuan on Monday announced that it would provide the money to workers not covered by social insurance programs, as well as farmers and fishers who do not qualify for other forms of financial aid.

The program is expected to assist 340,000 people who work, but are not enrolled in labor insurance, farmers’ insurance or any other social insurance program, and have a household income of 1.5 to two times the average minimum living cost in their city or county.

A total of 1.4 million farmers and fishers who make less than NT$500,000 per year and do not qualify for a separate NT$30,000 grant would also be entitled to the payment, the central government said.    [FULL  STORY]

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