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Government is not considering increasing the $1,500 tourism stipend at this time, however it may consider adding an extra sum in December, according to Finance Minister Chris Saunders.
Premier Wayne Panton has confirmed that his PACT government plans to continue paying displaced tourism workers a monthly stipend "until it is no longer needed", but that a tapering off of the payments will happen as tourists return following the border reopening.
Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan said using the phrase "scare tactic" in a Radio Cayman interview to describe the government's announcement and subsequent reversal of a decision to halve the monthly $1,500 stipend for displaced tourism workers was a "poor choice of words".
Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan has admitted that an earlier announcement about plans to halve the monthly $1,500 tourism stipend in November and December had been a "scare tactic" to try to get displaced tourism workers to start looking for jobs.
More than 1,000 recipients of the monthly tourism stipend for displaced workers have failed to register with Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman, despite being given a mandatory deadline of 16 Aug. to sign up.
The Ministry of Tourism said the process to verify 442 additional stipend applications has begun.
The 3,396 people who are currently receiving the government's $1,500-a-month tourism stipend are now required to register with the Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman department, Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan announced today.
Parliament’s Finance Committee has approved $27.5 million in additional funds to continue the payment of a stipend to displaced tourism workers until the end of the year.
The Ministry of Tourism has extended the deadline for the tourism-stipend survey from today until Tuesday, 6 July, as at least 600 people who are receiving the monthly payments have not yet completed it.
The Ministry of Tourism has launched a mandatory survey for recipients of the government's monthly $1,500 stipend.
Any out-of-work tourism employees who have not yet signed up for the monthly government stipend have another chance to do so over the next week.
Starting this month, displaced tourism workers receiving government's $1,000 stipend will receive an additional $500, Finance Minister Roy McTaggart announced Thursday.
Displaced tourism workers will have another opportunity to sign up for government's temporary stipend when a new round of registration begins Tuesday, 26 Jan., the Ministry of Tourism announced Friday.