Opposition calls for gov't safety net to protect vulnerable Jamaicans from COVID-19 fallout

Mark Golding
The Parliamentary Opposition is calling for the government to put in place a comprehensive safety net to protect vulnerable Jamaicans from the severe economic contraction resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.
Opposition Spokesman on Finance Mark Golding has said he supports the measures announced under the government's Covid Allocation of  Resources for Employees (CARE) programme.
However, he said more will have to be done to fast-track economic recovery when the pandemic ends. 
He argued that the government's total allocation under the CARE programme, some $10.65 billion, is inadequate and a "much bigger effort" is required to protect the economy and imporve the prospects of a quicker recovery. 
Mr. Golding said a larger fiscal programme will have to be put in place to fund a comprehensive set of measures.
He said this must include an additional $5 billion for the informal sector. 

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