PM warns against abuse of Help for Homes initiative
People who are planning to cheat the $70 million Help for Homes initiative will have to think twice.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says applicants must meet the criteria and their application must be truthful and accurate.
He says anyone found to be cheating or abusing this system will face the full force of the law.
This initiative is for those whose household annual income falls under $50,000.
Households will receive a prepaid electronic card with a set amount and pin number to purchase the building materials from selected hardware outlets.
The amount on the card will depend on the amount of damage to people’s homes.
Bainimarama says spot checks will be carried out by audit teams from the Ministry of Finance after the cards are distributed from the beginning of next month.
He says they do not want this scheme to be delayed because they have to check every claim and every roof.
He adds the Government is depending on people to be honest.
A $1,500 limit will be given for partial roofing damage.
$3,000 for serious roofing damage while $7,000 will be given for almost or completely demolished homes.