Steve, A Godsend

God bless the minister!

Rosalie Bailey

This was the reaction today of 99-year-old Rosalie Bailey of Water  Hall Land, Eagle Hall, St Michael as she was handed keys to her spanking new $75,000 home by Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett.


The elderly resident’s home, which she shares with six of her relatives, had fallen into a terrible state of disrepair.

However, hers is one of two St Michael families who have received support under Government’s Poverty Alleviation and Reduction Programme.

The other is that of 61-year-old Barbara Earle, who shares her home with eight other relatives.

6 Responses to Steve, A Godsend

  1. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore February 29, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Happy for her yet sad, sad when so many others await governmental help from a fund that had in excess of $30 million with the passage of Tomas since 2010. Expect a massive amount of spending from a govt that is broke financially & intellectually (not now that their hands are on the catastrophe fund’s $30 million), all in an attempt to win the upcoming election. As a bankrupt govt when all else fails throw money at the electorate.

  2. John February 29, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Why give a 99 year old a brand new home? Her relatives must be looking forward to a nice inheritance soon.

  3. Olutoye Walrond March 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

    It is distressing to see the blatant exploitation of the poor, meek and elderly for political advantage. The Government’s Poverty Alleviation and Reduction Programme is a publicly-funded facility for people in need; the money does not come from the Minister’s pocket.

    No Minister should be handing out keys with trumpets blaring as if he is the saviour. This is disgraceful.

    • Sense March 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      I agree with you wholeheartedly Mr. Walrond. Very opportunistic!

  4. jrsmith March 1, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    As the government set out to brain wash the people, would they brains be cleanse of the fact that the government is a massive failure , or they are going to be reminded they should vote for they party , come hell or high water ,next time around..

  5. Sue Donym March 2, 2016 at 7:07 am

    A new house for a 99 year old. Will the agency that built it retain at least some interest or is this to be a windfall for one of the six relatives who could not find the means to repair it?


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