NOW: Single mothers disadvantaged by Budget

After two days of meetings with business community and a third scheduled on Friday with the trade unions, it seems Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler will now have to smooth over the harsh 2017-2018 budgetary measures with single mothers in this country.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) has signalled its intention to seek a mandate from this country’s women to agitate on behalf of single mothers.

First vice president Mechelle Marshall told Barbados TODAY that single mothers have been left out of the assessment of vulnerable groups who will be most affected by the tax burdens set to take effect in about a week, on July 1, including a 400 per cent increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL).

“We are very concerned that the women of Barbados are going to be in some major trouble as a result of these measures . . . . It is going to be a major issue on our [agenda] as we look at the status of women and have a conversation about how we would be able to negotiate for the women of Barbados,” she said.

Stopping short of accusing the Freundel Stuart administration of chauvinism, Marshall said she was not surprised the plight of single mothers was ignored when Sinckler delivered the Budget on May 30.

“Women and girls will always be marginalized as a result of the patriarchal order of Government and the way power is distributed, but in light of that [existing] disenfranchisement, they are coming now with a further economic disenfranchisement. So I can only see that there needs to be a position made for some representation to protect this section of society,” the women’s advocate insisted.

Along with the private sector, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) are up in arms over the austerity measures, predicting significant fallout in spending power and security of tenure for workers. The trade unions have called on Sinckler to provide a coping subsidy to public servants in the face of the new measures.

While he has acknowledged concerns of the business community and the unions, Marshall is concerned that Sinckler “has yet to reach out to the single mothers who would now be required work miracles on a lone income.

“The infrastructure even as it relates to the purchase of uniforms for children going back to school will present significant challenges,” she said, adding that children in these single-parent homes would be impacted physically and psychology by their mothers’ struggle with the significant hike in cost of living.

Just as the unions have proposed a coping subsidy, the NOW vice president is demanding that Government put a plan in place to protect single mothers.

“We are talking about Government’s social responsibility to protect the vulnerable population . . . . Most of the women that inhabit our jurisdiction we would consider them vulnerable, and the Budget would certainly put them at a greater vulnerability,” Marshall contended.

The NOW official did not state what action her organization was prepared to take if the minister did not address their concerns.

Marshall said the executive would meet next week to formalize its position.

37 Responses to NOW: Single mothers disadvantaged by Budget

  1. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith June 22, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Ban an women needs to make these woutless men maintain them children ,unless a man dead a child have two parents,this single parent thing needs to stop. Make the men support them children .

  2. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva June 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Maintenance Enforcement and Motor vehicle licensing can work together. Men like their cars, when time comes to renew license and child support is not up-to-date, licence will not be issued till it is paid. New drivers who have outstanding support payments do not get their license issued untill payment is made.Those applying for business license do not get them issued if child support is not paid. There are too many cases where child support is not paid for personal reasons (vendetta, greed, etc) rather than lack of money. Perhaps their are some good laws to collect child support which are not being enforced. Much too often the problem is a matter of laws not being enforced properly and not being pursued.

    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams June 23, 2017 at 5:13 am

      Does this particular situation also obtain in your country and has it been solved?

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner June 23, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Maria Leclair DaSilva you are right on point but sorry to say it’s Barbados we talking about a not so progressive country.

    • Jane Burnett
      Jane Burnett June 23, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Excellent , problem solved

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor June 23, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Then we will have more unlicensed and uninsured vehicles on d rd! We have too many as it is already…. But it’s a very good idea, just that nuff nuff ppl already driving without license….

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva June 23, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Interesting, they prefer to take the risk of being caught. The penalties must be minor. Works pretty good here since there are so many ways of being found out. A great percentage need to have a license for work and clean records. For many it’s no license no job and they need their jobs. Driving while disqualified eventually gets caught whether it’s in line at a check stop, the X reporting it, getting into an accident, Slot of people get caught by talking and we have a hot line to rat.on people for everything, all it takes is for someone to get pissed off at you…..Lol

    • Samud Ali
      Samud Ali June 23, 2017 at 10:30 am

      again the “from over and away” solutions

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 23, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Women need to shut the shop. Having one child is hard to bring up, let alone having two, three, four, five etc.
    First: DNA to confirm the man is the child father.
    Secondly, when support is given (money) the child don’t benefit from it. Mum put her needs first. Weave, tattoo, false nails, fete, smoking, drugs etc. Funding should be given to mums: child from 0 to 5 and from age 6 onwards a bank account should be opened for the child and the funds deposited in the account until the age of 18. If parents can’t live together in harmony at the property, father should visit and help give support i.e. Discipline & Stability. Raising a child should not be always about money only.

    • Kim Smith
      Kim Smith June 23, 2017 at 6:23 am

      So what bout the men that does refuse to support they child but smoke weed ,party and buy Remy for they woman..some men do support they children and the woman does shit but a lot of men in Barbados don’t support they children and months does passed and them don’t see them, all of this draining the little money we got,government needs to go after these men and the welfare will get an ease.

    • Thea Holder
      Thea Holder June 23, 2017 at 6:40 am

      So how does one clothe, feed and send school the child between ages 6-18 if the money deposited in the account cannot be touched until the child is 18? Not all mothers who have a man in court are taking the money to do nonsense with. Some really do need the assistance to make ends meet.

    • Sophia Cumberbatch
      Sophia Cumberbatch June 23, 2017 at 7:41 am

      She fail to realize that the mothers carry the burden it isn’t only clothe and feed the child need shelter, it need water to bathe and electricity to see at night and to keep the food that must be refrigerated cold, I just can’t with this nonsense and some women does work though and if them want to do them hair and nails and their child is taken care of that is their choice.

    • Sophia Cumberbatch
      Sophia Cumberbatch June 23, 2017 at 7:43 am

      And I wonder who is supposed to help buy the school supplies unless the child starting school at 18.

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor June 23, 2017 at 7:55 am

      I understand this comment…. I will guess that Miss Boyce know some nuisance mothers who consider the maintenance money theirs and don’t spend a blind cent on the children…. We still have to consider those mothers that go all out for their kids, but will never make ends meet because most bajan males prefer to be deadbeat dads! Therefore the money on an account until the child reaches 18 could never work…. Minimum wage in Barbados is the pits…. Can’t imagine what Sinkler gine do…. When this current administration never once made it a priority to ensure that kids in Barbados are properly fed! But fathers walkin bout in Jays, gine to every cockfight, supporting children that aren’t theirs and most marshals getting paid to go UWI !

    • Desiree Browne
      Desiree Browne June 23, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Well single out the nuisances and deal with them if it can be proven the children aren’t being cared for…but that type of blanket rule beats me…

    • Stress Babi
      Stress Babi June 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Talk The Things Sharon !!!!

    • Thea Holder
      Thea Holder June 23, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Lol I can see where she’s going with this but its completely ludicrous as it defeats the purpose of the woman putting the man in court. She needs support for the child NOW, not when the child reach adult age and can then probably go and hopefully find employment.

  4. sticks and stones June 23, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Well Well Welll now barbados has finally become a Nanny State

  5. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams June 23, 2017 at 5:24 am

    When Africa said it takes a village to raise a child, one must see further than morals, it includes meals, money and material needs. When the extended family is strong and bonded in love, children are provided for and no woman is humiliated by a man unless she is hell bent on going so low. But I am guessing that we have a serious family crisis among descendants of slaves, in particular those who have not found stability in a union with a good man. Before you fight me, think it through.

  6. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 23, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Jones calling for more children. All of these mothers should go to Jones for help.

  7. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 23, 2017 at 6:11 am

    This is History . This finance minister having it hard because he has to meet with all kinds of groups. He needs someone to advise him.

  8. Sharon Blackman
    Sharon Blackman June 23, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Single mothers aren’t single by choice but by circumstances and court is a joke let’s leave that there. Single mothers are always among the hardest hit in tough times.

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva June 23, 2017 at 10:33 am

      There should be tax breaks for single parent families and good tax breaks. They should receive monthly allowances per child per month to boost their income.

  9. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave June 23, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Veronica Boyce . I totally agree with you . I have seen it happens often , men should support their children the woman did get them by herself , but on another note some men have doubts about if he is the real father of that child, because so many women make and have men supporting children that are not their own
    I heard about it and knows it for a fact .. ready made jacket put on them . Some of these women also take the child support money and spend on other men buy clothes for them , buy herb etc and the child remains hungry and still at state ( wicked women ) I love children and hate to know the child must suffer because of this .

  10. Anna Spink-Pitcher
    Anna Spink-Pitcher June 23, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Some women need to stop having multiple children with multiple men! If you can’t afford one child how can you afford more than one?!

  11. Empress-kei Kei
    Empress-kei Kei June 23, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Ronald Jones you on the ppl TV and radio talking about getting more kids. So that the entire country could be suffering. If you don’t go and breed and get a litter of pups and sid down!

  12. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside June 23, 2017 at 8:37 am


  13. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier June 23, 2017 at 9:53 am

    All of this male bashing what about the guys the man who supported children for years then to find out the child was never even there’s

  14. Alex Alleyne June 23, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Why NOW don’t go to court and tell the Judge to give all the children to their DAD and leave the “single Moms” free as a bird.
    Let us try this one and see how it work.
    I am sorry for the women , but at the same I am also sorry for the men who can’t see their children and others wearing a ready made jacket.
    Mother’s baby , father maybe.
    The men must stop burning so much weed and drinking big-mout-drinks.
    Go home at a decent hour and LOVE the one you with.

  15. harry turnover June 23, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    DNA FIRST…..too much wussless women got 3 and 4 fathers fa one child,collecting the maintenance money and spending it on hairdos,and bleaching cream and feeding other men.

  16. Alex Alleyne June 23, 2017 at 7:35 pm


    • Belfast June 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Skipper, he has to start respecting himself first.

  17. Carson C Cadogan June 23, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I would really to know, “…..disadvantaged”, how?

    The same feminist rubbish over again. None of what is written is true.

  18. Arri Mayers June 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Anyone recall a case a couple of years back when a young lady took the alleged father of her child to court for support? When the Magistrate inquired about the man’s name, all the young lady knew was that he was called ‘Shotter’.


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