Stimulus vouchers to be issued without payment
The cabinet says the upcoming round of government stimulus vouchers will not require an upfront payment - meaning the NT$5,000 in vouchers will be issued to residents free of charge.
According to cabinet spokesman Luo Bing-cheng, the decision to scrap the upfront payment was made after Premier Su Tseng-chang met with 45 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers.
And Luo says the cabinet will also be taking into consideration other recommendations by the lawmakers, in its roll-out of the new round of stimulus vouchers.
The cabinet spokesman says more details concerning the stimulus vouchers will be announced in the coming days.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with the Premier, DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming said the exact date for the launch of the vouchers has not yet been decided, but it is likely to be in early October.
The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) is continuing to oppose the government's stimulus voucher plan and party chair Johnny Chiang is insisting that cash payments would be the "simplest, fastest and most effective form of coronavirus relief funds."