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The first plan will be implemented in two periods, from 4/6/2024 to 29/7/2024 and from 3/9/2024 to 28/10/2024 and the second will apply during the period from 14/7/2024 to 27/9/2024

Two proposals-plans of the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance within the framework of the government policy to support mountainous areas, pensioners and workers, the Council of Ministers approved today.

As he stated after the end of the Cabinet session Minister of Labor Yiannis Panagiotou, this is about the Holiday Subsidy Scheme for low-income pensioners in the Hotels of the Mountain Resorts and the Tuileries Tower and the Scheme for Subsidizing Employers' Permits for holidays in the resorts of the mountainous regions and the Tuileries Tower.

With regard to the first Plan to subsidize holidays for low-income pensioners in hotels in the mountain resorts and the Tuileries Tower, the Minister of Labor explained that it will be implemented in two periods, from 4/6/2024 to 29/7/2024 and from 3/9 /2024 to 28/10/2024, and concerns a full accommodation and board grant for pensioners with low incomes, for holidays in the resorts of the mountainous regions and the Tuileries Tower.

For the second Plan which will be implemented during the period from 14/7/2024 to 27/9/2024, the Minister of Labor stated that accommodation with full board will be fully subsidized for employees who are entitled to leave benefits from the Central Leave Fund , for holidays in mountain resorts and the Tuileries Tower.

The Minister of Labor pointed out that it is expected that more than 10,000 workers and pensioners (about 3,800 workers and 6,300 pensioners respectively) will benefit from the implementation of the Plans. .

He noted that the Low Pensioners Vacation Grant Scheme will operate for the period from 4/6/2024 to 29/7/2024 and from 3/9/2024 to 28/10/2024 or until the relevant fund is exhausted and will cover a 4-day stay (3 overnight stays) with full board, from Friday to Monday and from Tuesday to Friday.

He then explained that the beneficiaries of the Plan, who must necessarily be permanent residents of the island, are the beneficiaries of the Plan to Support Pensioners with Low Incomes (low-income pensioners who receive the small cheque), the low-income pensioners, who are also beneficiaries of the Minimum Guaranteed Income , pensioners with an annual income of up to €15,500 for singles, and pensioners with an annual income of up to €20,000 for families, as well as their dependents, as defined in the Plan to Support Pensioners with Low Incomes.

Mr. Panagiotou said that 6,266 persons will be able to participate in the Plan, while the expenditure for the implementation of the Plan will amount to nine hundred and fifty thousand euros (€950,000).

With regard to the Employee Leave Subsidy Scheme, the Minister of Labor explained that it will operate for the period from 14/7/2024 to 27/9/2024 and will cover a 6-day stay (5 nights) with full board, from Sunday to Friday . According to the Minister of Labor, beneficiaries of the Plan are employees who are entitled to leave benefits from the Central Leave Fund for the year 2023 and who did not participate in the Plan themselves or their spouses in 2023. He also stated that in the Plan they will be able to participate more than 3800 people, while the available fund amounts to nine hundred thousand euros (€900,000).

Finally the Minister of Labor noted that the objectives of the two Plans are, on the one hand, the provision of quality services to low-income pensioners and workers , as well as the support of the mountain resorts of our country, which with their operation offer a significant number of jobs in areas outside the urban centers, strengthen the tourism product of Cyprus during the winter months thus helping to expand tourism period and with their operation they support to a significant extent the communities in which they operate.

As far as the application procedures are concerned, he said that the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance will immediately inform the beneficiaries, as soon as finalize the procedures regarding the implementation of the Plans.

Source: politis.com.cy

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