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Council of ministers approves Christmas payment for needy groups

The council of ministers on Tuesday approved the granting of approximately €15m from the labour ministry’s budget as a Christmas present to vulnerable groups and to Greek Cypriots living in the north.

Beneficiaries of the financial gift include recipients of the guaranteed minimum income (GMI) and low-income pensioners, people dependent on aid from the social services, as well as Greek Cypriots living in the north.

GMI and government aid beneficiaries will receive 80 per cent of their family’s basic needs for December 2018 calculated based on the minimum basket of goods determined by relevant legislation, Deputy Government Spokesperson Klelia Vasiliou said.

Low-income pensioners who are not eligible for GMI or government aid will receive an amount equal to their allowance for December 2018, with a minimum of €100.

To Greek Cypriots in the north, an amount equal to their allowance for December 2018 will be given.

Families with children attending kindergarten, primary or secondary school in Rizokarpaso will also receive an amount equal to the relevant allowance for the same month.

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