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  • The Government has earmarked $75 million for a short-term intervention programme for vulnerable persons.
  • This was disclosed by Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier on Tuesday, December 2, during the sitting of the House of Representatives.
  • The initiative is in response to the economic challenges being encountered by vulnerable groups.

The Government has earmarked $75 million for a short-term intervention programme for vulnerable persons.

This was disclosed by Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier on Tuesday, December 2, during the sitting of the House of Representatives.

He said the initiative is in response to the economic challenges being encountered by vulnerable groups. He noted that funds have been provided in the Ministry’s budget to finance the programme.

Last year, a similar sum was made available by the Government, with some 3,500 poor households benefitting from the intervention.

“In implementing this programme, the same methodology used last year will be adopted. Each Member of Parliament (MP) will be again allocated $1 million and will receive a letter that provides details of the project along with the prescribed form for the submission of beneficiary names and projects,” Mr. Kellier informed.

He told the House that the funding provided in 2013 was directed largely towards the beautification of public spaces; entrepreneurial ventures; and provision of compensation grants.

“Our evaluation showed that the assistance impacted, in a very significant way, the economic conditions of the recipients,” Mr. Kellier said, while commending the MPs for recommending projects that were meaningful and viable.

The intervention programme will be undertaken during the remainder of the financial year, and all MPs must make their recommendations to the Ministry at 14 National Heroes Circle, Kingston 4, by March 2015.

The recommendations are to be sent directly to the Permanent Secretary, who will direct social workers to undertake the necessary investigations to ensure that the projects are productive and beneficial.

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