30 Apr 2020

Tuvalu govt announces Covid-19 relief

1:11 pm on 30 April 2020

Tuvalu's Government has endorsed a series of financial relief measures to help people and businesses affected by the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Tuvalu government building in Funafuti.

The Tuvalu government building in Funafuti. Photo: RNZ / Jamie Tahana

All citizens of Tuvalu are to get just over $US17 a month.

Overseas students are eligible for grants between $US44 and $US88 dollars a month.

Civil servants overseas will get $US53 dollars a day and a risk allowance for police of $US44 a day.

Members of the National Provident Fund will receive a one off payment of $US215.

Members made redundant are being given $US215 each month for three months, and those forced onto reduced hours get $US108 for the same period.

The government is also providing emergency grants for businesses, with canteens in the outer islands getting $US2,200 dollars and agricultural businesses $US3,100.

Moves are also being undertaken to relax loan application conditions for those wanting extra money for food related purposes and help is being provided for loan repayments.

The government said the money had come both from donors and from national budget savings.