Survey of Living Conditions Report Shows Slight Decline in Poverty


The 2006 Survey of Living Conditions indicates a .5 per cent decline in the country’s poverty level last year.
“The report indicates a decline (in poverty) last year, moving down to 14.3 per cent from 14.8 per cent in 2005,” said Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Faith Innerarity at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing.
A joint report of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), the Survey of Living Conditions assesses the socio-economic and demographic status and trends of the Jamaican population.
In addition to findings on health, housing, education, fertility and mortality rates, the report has a special module on remittances, which according toMrs. Innerarity “have an impact on our standard of living, and which, in fact, influences the level of consumption and movement in terms of the poverty line.”
Another highlight of the report, she pointed out, is the significant impact of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) on “poor families and children’s attendance at school.”
In the meantime, Information Minister, Olivia Grange, said that Cabinet has reviewed and approved the report for tabling in Parliament.
“The report will be tabled in Parliament and, thereafter, the PIOJ will have an official launch, where the principal findings will be presented (to the public),” she informed.

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