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No. However, if they have kids who are attending school they can be a part of the PATH programme. Parents get a small stipend monthly as well as all fees and lunch taken care of for the child in school.
Person’s can also be a part of PATH if they or anyone in their household are unable to work due to serious illness or health conditions.
There are also a few different grants that may be awarded if they are a part of PATH, outside of just the stipend and school lunch. Examples, compassionate grant, entrepreneurial grant, education grant.
Source: I worked with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for a few years.
It’s not cheap per se, but stuff like this have to be budgeted for. The money that the politicians steal from us is budgeted for.
Even tho we’re a poor country, the govt should have had money stashed away in case a large percentage of the country would need assistance. I blame them for not having that foresight, and/or probably misallocating the funds that could have been of help, into their own pockets.
My friend was barely making it before the pandemic as driver, but since it began it’s been unlivable. He went a year with no work at all, and only a small one-time payment from the government. When he started working again the wages were even worse than before. He’s a single dad and his kids have had to go live with their grandparents because he has to work 7 days a week. His base pay is about $60 a week, and only about 20% of his passengers tip at all. I feel so terrible for him.
I’ll ask him. He drives a van for a company. He does have a car but he got rear-ended at a light last year and the guy’s insurance was horrible so the repairs were not great. I don’t know if it would hold up to that amount of driving every day but it is a thought. Thanks.
It could depend on the region. If it’s in Kingston, I would say there are a lot of daily taxi riders (van) that don’t have bank accounts on their phones or credit on their phone to waste. The packed vans are the cheapest option of transportation because it is ride share beyond what an Uber could provide (10 or more ppl). On the flip side, some of the drivers might not own their own vehicle or meet Uber’s driver requirements. Uber wasn’t around when I was in Jamaica but I would say it’s more of a luxury convenience.
Shoot, my cousin needed surgery. His father said the price was like x5 times of the cost, trying to get more money from all of us. My aunt in the states told us not to send money as they’re trying to steal from us.
It’s a shame we all have a story like this to tell.
Depending on where you live your electricity is free. It’s not free in the sense that it’s paid for by the government but it’s not enforced when it’s illegally hooked up. I’m not sure if there are water bills but water was free where I lived.
After reading all the comments. It’s fat NO lol. Best to start a business of some kind or work then. I’m planning to save at least 5 years worth of british pounds so £30,000 to come over with then I will find some work. Bar work or something