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  • Attorney General, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, Q.C., is advocating for an increase in the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocation.
  • The CDF seeks to improve the effectiveness of Members of Parliament as a designated funding mechanism for constituency projects.
  • The main thrust of the Fund is to promote human and infrastructural development at the community and constituency levels, through sustainable development projects.

Attorney General, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, Q.C., is advocating for an increase in the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocation made available to Members of Parliament.

“Our job is hard enough as it is, and less than $15 million is woefully inadequate. We are elected by the people and our work is long and hard,” he said in his presentation in the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives in Wednesday, June 18.

The CDF seeks to improve the effectiveness of Members of Parliament as a designated funding mechanism for constituency projects.

The main thrust of the Fund is to promote human and infrastructural development at the community and constituency levels, through sustainable development projects.

To date the Fund has helped to: finance the rehabilitation of housing for indigents, fix roads, undertake agricultural projects, repair basic schools and community centres, provide back-to-school assistance, and fund sports and healthy lifestyle projects.

These programmes, combined with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and other social initiatives, represent a meaningful effort by the Government to strengthen the social safety net.