Wednesday, April 24, 2024

NIS’ digital drive

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GOVERNMENT is moving swiftly to cut down on the 70 000 cheques the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) sends out by mail every month.

And with unemployment claims as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19 crisis) reaching 50 000, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley says now is the time for the country’s critical social security agency to click into action and become more digital and efficient in its operations.

Addressing the 53rd NIS Gems Awards, hosted virtually on YouTube Saturday night, she reiterated that come September, short-term benefit payments – such as maternity, sickness and unemployment benefits – via a cheque in the mail would be a thing of the past.

From last week, the NIS began sending out notices requesting people to submit their bank or credit union account details to receive their payments electronically. (CLM)

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