SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 18, 2020 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will provide emergency financial support to ease the suffering of citizens directly hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Eligible citizens for this support program are from households whose income is below the median income, including low-income workers and small business owners as well as “untypical” workers, such as part-time workers, temporary construction workers and freelancers, who are in the blind spot of the government’s existing support system.
The city’s financial support will be made by distributing mobile gift certificates or debit cards worth from 300,000 won to 500,000 won depending on the number of family members. Households with one or two family members will be paid 300,000 won (US$ 240), while those with three or four members and those with five or more members will be paid 400,000 won (US$ 320) and 500,000 won (US$ 400), respectively.
Except households supported by the central government, a total of 1,177,000 households to benefit from this support scheme
This anti-virus measure by the city government is expected to provide benefits to up to 1,177,000 households. Out of 1,910,000 households in total living below the median income in Seoul, 730,000 households supported by the central government are excluded from the program to avoid the duplicate provision.
Eligible applicants to choose one of the two options: a mobile gift certificate or a debit card; this support plan is expected to stoke the local economy hit by the coronavirus outbreak
The mobile gift certificates or prepaid cards provided to the households under this support program should be used by the end of this coming June to stoke the local economy hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Eligible applicants are allowed to choose one of the two options: a mobile gift certificate or a debit card. Those who choose the mobile gift card will receive additional 10 percent payment benefits. Once showing his or her ID card, one can receive the prepaid card that can be used at restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and other stores in the area where he or she lives.
The application process to be minimized so that citizens can receive the support within three to four days of application; 850 temporary workers to be hired to provide convenience to the citizens who visit the community center for the application
In the midst of sluggish economy severely hit by the COVID-19, the Seoul Metropolitan Government minimize the application process so that citizens can enjoy prompt support. Those eligible may apply for the support by visiting a community center starting from March 30. If the household’s income is confirmed through the Integrated Social Welfare Information System run by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the mobile gift certificate or the debit card will be provided within three to four days of application.
In a bid to ensure convenience for the citizens who visit the community center for the application, two temporary support workers each community center will be hired (850 at 425 community centers). To prevent the spread of the virus, additional disinfection supplies will be offer to the community centers. Online application is also available at the Seoul welfare website.
The city’s latest support measures are meaningful for helping those in the blind spot of the existing support system; a total of 327.1 billion won to be spent for this emergency support program
The Seoul Metropolitan Government’s latest support measures are meaningful for helping those in the blind spot of the existing support system and expanding the eligible to all of those living under the median income who became difficult to live in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to spend a total of 327.1 billion won (US$ 264 million) for this emergency support program, injecting available emergency relief budgets first and securing the extra budget if it is not enough.
To have a clear basis for providing such an emergency support to the victims of the national disaster, including infectious diseases, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to push for a revision of relevant ordinance and cooperate closely with the city council to pass the extra budget bill at the assembly meeting scheduled to be held on March 24.