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Money talks

Blackett and Welfare Department to discuss payment of additional funds

Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett will meet with the administration of the Welfare Department to determine who would benefit from additional funds allocated in the 2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals presented by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler last week.

During his presentation Sinckler announced that in light of a two per cent levy to be imposed on imports and the likely negative impact it would have on some of the more vulnerable in the society, an additional $2 million would be allocated to the Welfare Department this financial year. This, he said, would assist in the expected increase in requests for assistance.

Acknowledging that the levy would likely result in an increase in the cost of living, Blackett said money allocated to the department would go a long way in helping those in need.

“That certainly would, I believe suffice the needs of those people who are on our vulnerable list, who present to the Welfare Department on a daily basis. We have about 4,500 clients on our welfare list and that would certainly go a far way in alleviating some of the additional burdens that will fall to those persons that will be affected by any increase in the cost of living,” Blackett said after he delivered remarks yesterday at the handing over a $35,000 cheque by China to the National Assistance Board for the refurbishment of Lancaster House.

The minister also said that his ministry’s agencies, departments and statutory boards would be mindful “of whatever increase is to come” and were well equipped to handle any additional requests for assistance.

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