April 03, 2020
Quick fix for online COVID dole
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni is encouraging people to go online to the My MSD website as the first point of call if they want to apply for benefits or food grants.
The department has come up with a workaround to the problem that if people can’t use the online system and if they don’t have an existing client number, by allowing them to get a RealMe identity without the normal appointment.
"Also for those that may have been working and now find themselves in a situation not getting the same income or have lost their jobs, just to check on the eligibility guide on the MSD to see what they might eligible for so then they can put that application through, preferably online but if not through the 0800 number' she says.
Minister Sepuloni says more than 200,000 employers have taken up the wage subsidy so they can keep their staff over the lockdown.
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