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    The Government will be spending over $55 million, this fiscal year, from two European Union (EU) funded programmes aimed at reducing poverty.
    The Poverty Reduction Programme II (Capacity Building and Training for Communities) has $51 million to alleviate poverty through sustainable growth, with emphasis on the promotion of community safety and the reduction of criminal behaviour in volatile and vulnerable communities.
    The programme has been extended to December, 2011 during which time, 30 parenting groups and 30 youth groups will be strengthened. It is also expected that 200 youths and parents will be provided with skills training.
    The Poverty Reduction Programme II (Start Up programme), which has $4.2 million, is expected to develop work plans for youth and parent groups; advertise for consultancy to develop governance framework for community-based organisations (CBOs); and advertise for consultancy to develop a monitoring and evaluation mechanism.
    The needs of youths and parents are also to be identified in three communities, and 30 workshops conducted. The Start Up Programme is slated for completion in October this year.
    Meanwhile, the Community Crime Prevention Programme, which focuses on the renovation and refurbishing of community centres in Kingston, has been provided with $14 million, to further its objective of preventing and reducing crime and violence.
    The programme is being funded by Belgium and will end March 2010.

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