70,000 to ap­ply for GMI aid, min­i­mum set at 480

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More than 70,000 needy in­di­vid­u­als are ex­pected to ap­ply for the Guar­an­teed Min­i­mum In­come (GMI) grant, which is ex­pected to be set at a min­i­mum rate “but not limited to” 480 eu­ros, ac­cord­ing to Labour Min­is­ter Zeta Emil­ian­idou.

“The on­go­ing so­cial re­forms and the GMI aim to help those in need,” Emil­ian­idou said af­ter a meet­ing with trade union of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ers or­gan­i­sa­tions, adding that the pro­posed bill is ex­pected to be put to the Cab­i­net on Wed­nes­day and once it is ap­proved it will be sub­mit­ted to par­lia­ment.

She said that the min­istry will re­quest that the reg­u­la­tions for the sub­mis­sion of ap­pli­ca­tions come into force once the bill is adopted, so that the min­istry can pro­ceed to help po­ten­tial ap­pli­cants to file their forms.

How­ever, she dis­missed re­ports that the GMI will only be 480 eu­ros.

She gave the ex­am­ple of a cou­ple with no chil­dren who un­der the new sys­tem will re­ceive 874 eu­ros, or a fam­ily with an un­der­age child and a child over 18 years old who will be en­ti­tled to a to­tal of 1,328 eu­ros.

The pro­vi­sion of 480 euro is there to cover cer­tain ba­sic needs, she said, ex­plain­ing that be­yond that there is the pro­vi­sion for rent, the grant for mu­nic­i­pal levies and that more help is avail­able for those who truly need it.

Emil­ian­idou said that at present some 20,000 people re­ceive pub­lic aid, 8,500 of whom are dis­abled.

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