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Financial aid to families in need postponed: ministry

The Social Affairs Ministry announced Monday night that it was postponing the distribution of the emergency aid for poor families affected by the coronavirus measures.

“Due to a number of errors the lists contained, the ministry decided to postpone the distribution aid until the Army finishes examining [the lists],” the statement said. The payout had been slated to start Tuesday.

Cabinet issued a decision to provide social assistance to families who have been disproportionately affected by the lockdown measures put in place against the coronavirus.

The families to receive aid are the poorest families from areas across Lebanon, whose names are on emergency support lists prepared by NGOs and the poverty program of the Social Affairs Ministry.

These families are set to receive a one-off cash donation of L.L.400,000 which will be coming from a fund of L.L.72 billion that Cabinet has allotted for the Higher Relief Commission.

Around 40,000 families are set to benefit from this cash assistance, which will amount to L.L.16 billion of the relief fund.

According to the statement, the ministry aims to check the list to ensure they are all in accordance to unified and comprehensive criteria, in order to distribute the aid to the families that deserve it.

The lists have been sent to the Army for them to check and verify the information and then start preparing the logistics of the distribution, the ministry’s statement added.


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