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  • PATH benefit for the elderly to increase by some 67 per cent
  • Increase of 15 per cent for all other categories of beneficiaries
  • Monthly benefits for students from grades one to six have been increased

The Government has increased benefit levels for the elderly under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) by some 67 per cent.

The boost in benefits, which took effect on August 15, will also see an increase of 15 per cent for all other categories of beneficiaries.

Speaking at a special Back-to-School press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, August 28, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon.

Derrick Kellier said the recent increases are a further demonstration of the Government’s commitment to protecting the poor and vulnerable in society.

Under the new rates, the elderly in PATH families will now receive a monthly allowance of $1, 500 up from $900, while the adult poor, the disabled, and pregnant and lactating mothers will get $1,035, also up from $900.

Additionally, the monthly benefits for students from grades one to six have been increased from $825 for boys to $950 and $750 for girls to $865; while students from grades seven to nine will receive $1, 240 for boys up from $1,075, and $1,125 for girls up from $975.

Benefits for male students from grades 10 to 13 will be increased from $1, 265 to $1,455, and for females from $1,150 to $1,325.

Mr. Kellier noted that the increases are significant in view of the fact that the total PATH registered beneficiaries have moved from 385, 546 persons in April 2013 to 388, 187 in June, representing an increase of some 2,641 persons.

PATH, which was introduced island-wide in 2002, is a conditional cash transfer programme funded by the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank, and is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the most needy and vulnerable in the society.