Bees bringing relief
Former parliamentary representative for St. Michael South Central, David Gill, has expressed concern at the level of dehumanisation ordinary Barbadians have to suffer for non-payment of utility bills.
Gill expressed this concern last night while speaking at a meeting in Villa Road, Brittons Hill, St. Michael.
He noted that on the 15th of every month householders in depressed neighbourhoods show anxiety when the red van of the Barbados Light & Power Company visits the area.
Gill said they also display some level of anxiety when the green van of the Barbados Water Authority comes through the district.
He gave the assurance that when a Barbados Labour Party assumes office on February 22, it would negotiate a wage increase and introduce a tax reduction for workers.
Gill promised that a Barbados Labour Party government would restore the tax exemption on travelling and entertainment allowances.
The BLP’s candidate for the constituency of St. Michael South Central noted that many households used these allowances to pay their mortgages or effect repairs to their homes.
He denied claims that the recipients of these allowances used them to go on cruises or take trips to Florida.
Gill promised also that a new BLP government would increase the tax credit to $20,000 and workers would receive a reverse tax credit of $1,500.
Noting that several houses in Villa Road were being converted into two-story structures, Gill pointed out that where the value was $200,000 or less, the owners would no longer have to pay property tax.
The former MP accused the Freundel Stuart administration of destroying the elderly in the society, noting that many of the island’s senior citizens were unable to pay for their medication.
This, he suggested, was because the Freundel Stuart Administration had dismantled the Barbados Drug Service.
He told his audience that pensions to the elderly of $55,000 per annum would benefit from a tax exemption.
Recalling that former British Prime Margaret Thatcher was called the milk snatcher, he said Minister of Health Donville Inniss could be called the insulin snatcher because he had reduced the quantity of insulin allocated to each patient.
Appealing to non-nationals who reside in the constituency, Gill argued that it was unconscionable to deny them access to the drug service after they had worked in the canefields from Mount Gay in St. Lucy to Searles in Christ Church.
He maintained that it was unchristian to ask a 70 year old man to get an affidavit from his former school teacher in St. Lucia or Dominica to verify his nationality and qualify him for access to the local drug service.
Gill argued these unfortunate individuals would have contributed to the development of Barbados and therefore should benefit from the island’s social services.
Addressing the issue of home construction in the Brittons Hill area, Gill noted that since the Archcot tragedy anyone building a home in the area has had to carry out a geological survey which cost approximately $16,000.
He argued that this stipulation had prevented several prospective home owners from building in the area.
Gill suggested that the cost of the geological survey could be added to the mortgage and home owners asked to pay a monthly instalment. (NC)