Councillor for Reform/Manahambre, Chris Hosein, has pledged his full salary for the month of May towards COVID-19 relief efforts within his electoral district.
He is now calling for MPs to take a pay cut or donate their salaries to those in need.
According to Councillor Hosein, resources are limited at this time and Local Government Councillors do not have a great deal of resources at their disposal to meet the growing demands of those affected by the COVID-19 restrictions.
He stated “at this time we are receiving some support from the Regional Corporation but the demand far surpasses the supply. So many persons are affected and every day my phone rings non-stop, people are calling, messaging and reaching out to seek assistance. Many families do not know where their next meal is coming from as a result of job loss and the economic impact of COVID-19. I cannot in good conscience allow that to happen.”
Hosein went on to say “I live with my parents and I know I will be okay. But so many families can’t say the same; which is why I’m donating my entire month’s stipend towards feeding a few more families in my district who are really in need at this time. It’s not much as Councillors do not receive a big salary but rather a small stipend, but it’s more than we have now and I’m doing it for the people who really need that help right now.”
According to Councillor Hosein, this lockdown period is adversely affecting a lot more people than the initial restrictions at the beginning of the pandemic.
He called on the Government to do more to assist those vulnerable persons and if funding is the issue, they should take a pay-cut and donate their hefty salaries towards relief efforts as well.
Councillor Hosein stated that most of the businesses and private citizens who would usually assist with this type of relief are themselves feeling the pinch and are not able to assist as they would like to. However, he urged those who can afford it to donate.