Cyprus Mail

Over 20,000 GMI applications received

By George Psyllides

THE LABOUR ministry has received over 20,000 applications for the guaranteed minimum income (GMI) scheme, and those eligible can expect their money by the end of September.

Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said the number of applications had increased in recent days and there were a lot of new applicants, who were not recipients of state assistance.

Emilianidou urged people who received low pensions to apply as soon as possible since the deadline was September 8.

“This statement must be submitted irrespective of whether they are eligible or not because it is a condition for them to continue to receive the cheque based on the low pension scheme,” the minister said.

For state assistance recipients the deadline is September 1, the minister said.

Emilianidou said a small number of applications have been approved and the cash was expected to be disbursed at the end of September.

“The sooner one files their application the faster they will receive the GMI,” the minister said.

Around 45,000 people with low pensions and 20,000 recipients of state assistance were expected to apply.

Between 15,000 and 20,000 applications will be submitted by low paid workers who are not eligible for assistance and by newly unemployed individuals who did not get anything because they owned small property.

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