Cyprus Mail

Low-income pensioners miss out on ‘small cheque’ bonus

LABOUR Minister Zeta Emilianidou has rejected a request for low-income pensioners to be able to apply for Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) past the deadline, their union Ekysy said on Friday.

According to an announcement by the union of Cypriot retirees, their general secretary had sent a letter to Emilianidou on July 10 asking her to amend current legislation to allow pensioners below the poverty line to apply for GMI.

This would make them eligible to the ‘small cheque’ payment, which is a small sum of money paid on top of the GMI.

Ekysy said 25,000 low-income pensioners did not submit their GMI applications and have lost the right to a small cheque income – a bonus the amount of which varies depending on the category the pensioner belongs to.

It called on the government to show some leeway and allow them to submit their application.


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