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  • During the last fiscal year, 7,629 needy families were provided with $127 million in grants to offset various expenses.
  • They were assisted to carry out repairs to dwellings, to bury loved ones and to access medical care. The money also aided families to engage in entrepreneurial activities.
  • Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, made the announcement during his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on May 28.

During the last fiscal year, 7,629 needy families were provided with $127 million in grants to offset various expenses.

They were assisted to carry out repairs to dwellings, to bury loved ones and to access medical care. The money also aided families to engage in entrepreneurial activities.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, made the announcement during his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on May 28.

He noted that this assistance was in keeping with the Government’s action to protect the wellbeing of the country’s most vulnerable, particularly those who are unable to access loans from reputable financial institutions.

Turning to the issue of burials, Mr. Kellier pointed to an emerging phenomenon whereby economically challenged families are finding it extremely difficult to bury their dead.

“Because of the increasing costs of providing the deceased with a “good send off,” the burden of burying the dead has shifted to the State. In the case of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, we are usually asked to step in and either provide partial financial support to bereaved families, or in some instances, assume full responsibility for the entire funeral expense,” he said.

The Minister noted that the Government appreciates that for most families, its contribution is minimal and inadequate. Therefore, going forward, the administration “will have to make the appropriate representation for special budgetary provision to tackle this problem.”

In the meantime, Mr. Kellier informed that the Ministry has budgeted $139 million in the current financial year to assist an additional 7,000 families to improve their living conditions.