NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government has approved lump sum payments for public servants affected by Hurricane Dorian, Eyewitness News Online can confirm.
A memorandum obtained revealed there will be a $1,000 lump sum payment for all government workers affected by the record storm, with a $2,600 payout for those who have been relocated.
There will also be a hardship allowance granted on a case-by-case basis.
The memo was sent out today from the Ministry of Public Service and National Insurance, and advised a formal Cabinet Conclusion would follow.
It was signed by permanent secretary Donella Bodie, and noted support for public servants was approved at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Dorian ravaged the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco on September 1-3.
Prior to the storm, government had agreed to an $800 lump sum payment to the Bahamas Public Service Union’s (BPSU) estimated 20,000 members.
Last week, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said the $800 payment had been put on hold.
Government also recently approved the grant of two months’ salary advance to be repaid over a two-year period for permanent and pensionable officers affected by Hurricane Dorian in the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.