Worsening poverty

New survey shows more Bajans trapped below the line

A new study shows that the level of poverty in Barbados has risen over the past seven years with more and more Barbadians,  especially women, becoming trapped below the line.

The findings of the Barbados Survey of Living Conditions 2016-2017 were officially released here this morning during a Skype presentation at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

The survey, which was carried out among 7,100 Barbadians from 2,500 households in 11 parishes, revealed that 17.5 per cent of the population was currently living in poverty, up from 15.1 per cent in 2010, when the last survey was conducted.

However, the number of Barbadians living in extreme poverty has fallen by almost half from 6.8 per cent in 2010 to 3.6 per cent in 2016, while those living in non-extreme poverty more than tripled from 3.8 per cent to 13.8 per cent, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded research found.

The survey, which was undertaken in collaboration with the Barbados Statistical Service between February 2016 and January 2017, also showed that Barbadians were generally more vulnerable to poverty, as that category of persons increased from 10.4 per cent to 11 per cent.

In presenting the findings,  IDB Project Leader Diether Beuermann Mendoza said that a significant gender gap also exists.

He told the gathering, which included Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett, Minister of Health John Boyce and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, that not only do women head 57 per cent of households in Barbados, they also account for a significant percentage of the island’s poor (21.02 per cent), when compared to men (13.96 per cent).

More women were also counted among the extreme poor than men (4.15 per cent compared to 2.4 per cent), with education seen as one way out of this vicious cycle. With teenage pregnancies on the decline, it is expected that the gender bias would be further reduced in the future.

The study also revealed that the rich households have smaller families and a link was made between poverty and low-quality dwellings, such as those without flush toilets, running water and electricity.


50 Responses to Worsening poverty

  1. Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 1:23 am

    So what is the plans/solutions from this – yet another study. Or will that be studied upon????? What is the evidence that teenage pregnancies are down. Looks like the same plantation over-spill.

    • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 2:29 am

      Solutions – simple – Fix your minds, stop taking the hypnotics, get conscious and come off the plantation yard and into the big house.

      • Mary September 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

        Impossible – we stuck in prayer!

  2. JT September 14, 2017 at 3:58 am

    One solution is to stop breeding!!!

  3. jrsmith September 14, 2017 at 4:19 am

    @,jennifer , hail, hail, your (2:29) good shot , but must add education seems to be one way education to do what , we need a government which set the climate , for our black masses to have employment and put in place the different schemes to offer help starting small business for our young people ………………..
    We need strategist to plan Barbados’s future for our people for at least the coming decade and beyond, ,,,
    We dont have the people to do anything other than promise everything and achieve nothing , decades after decades then 50 years of (Independence Dependency) we are still in a wait and see begging mode , control by 1% of our nation……….but at least you all will go to heaven………..

  4. Saga Boy September 14, 2017 at 4:57 am

    @jrsmith and Jennifer. Sometimes I wonder if people like you who have all the answers are currently doing anything to improve the situation. If you are not then you are no better than those you criticize. We have a become a nation of complainer. Time to stop the talk and take action.

    • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 5:51 am

      saga – just stay in crawler lane. Did you see any solutions mentioned here. And you is one of the biggest complainers and politics hypnots on here. Just stick to the topic at hand and contribute. I do things you will not believe which is proving effective too – to my people. Especially upliftment out of this brainwashing syndrome. FYI this is also a FREE comments board. smh

      • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 6:23 am

        You must try watching BIRTH OF A NATION and PLANET OF THE APES/monkeys. The elites know all of this too. Guess who is this nation SAGA. And Black people is in so much situations that there is no quick fix. Being money wise, knowing your enemy, are two of the biggest problems to this people. We live a life based of another race of people. POVETY IS NOT THE MAIN ISSUE HERE, POVERTY IS AN ISSUE WHICH COMES OFF OF A BIGGER ISSUE. Once you solve the Main issue you will sort all of these SUB-ISSUES. Such as drugs, crime, obesity, POVERTY GANG BS etc. The nail want hitting on the HEAD. Lost sheep would not understand.

  5. Sheron Inniss September 14, 2017 at 5:51 am

    The truth is I don’t care for these random samples. They do not paint an accurate picture. I believe situations may skew the results one way or the other depending on demographics and the whole works.

    There are people in Barbados who ain’t driving a stroke but thriving because family and community really matter to some people in Bim.

    I place no confidence in these surveys nor do I take them seriously.

    Good morning Jennifer. Have a blessed and wonderful day. One of these days we have to meet you know. I feel a kindred spirit.

    • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 5:56 am

      G -morning hun.
      This is the problem of most people this people who in poverty, brand name clothes and shoes etc, big screen tv, multiple cell phones and i phones at dat, remi hair, brand name bags, Christmas and all of them other plantation festivities, church, following Jones, mortgages, unnecessary Dr visits, poor diet, television, shopping sprees, price gouging, low wages and advantage taking by the business owners, inability to band together as a black nation of people to do anything and the whole 9 1/2 yards. AND THE HIT DOG in the crowd CAN CRY OUT.

      • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 6:27 am


        • islandgal September 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm

          We need to educate people to think for themselves and do for themselves instead of waiting on politicians for everything. The population is bought too easily for a few trinkets. In the past they were dependent on the slave masters now the Politicians have become the new slave masters.

          Yes the middle class has become the new poor, the poor has become the poor poor.

          • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm


  6. Tony Webster September 14, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Amazing. I have seen the rising poverty several years now, by mine own eyes, and what yet passes for a brain: increasingly decrepit housing-stock; school-leavers scrunting for a job (ANY job); and in the older folks, a weary, pitiful look of despair passing over their faces. I experience these real-real things by walking (not driving) around; and chatting with all manner of folks: folks like Ryan, a car-washer….in Collymore Rock, who asked me if he cud clean my car for me ( I was walking , I tell you!!), as he hadn’t any customers for days! I chat; learn what’s their particular difficulty; and whatever I have in my pocket, I hand over, together with some advice about where the person might get a temp. job, or some training, etc.

    There, but for the love of God …go I….and you…you…and you, you gliding along in gleaming ML and MP vehicles…and also YOU, who contribute such froth as would make a porcine reader turn -away in disgust.

  7. Rechelle September 14, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Well said Tony.

  8. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown September 14, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Wait what kind of idiotic conduct these studies and how dumb do they think the average Bajan is. Let me get this right:
    1. The total population of Barbados as of 2016 is around 284,996 people.
    2: A sample of only 7,100 out of that 284,996 people were used. Yet the Project manage conclusion is 15% live in poverty and things getting worst and 3.5 % live in extreme poverty.
    First your sample study was lest that around .5 % of the population making your conclusion invalid and not accurate because your sample size was to small to conduct the proper study. The project manger gave a hypothesis or to be more accurate an assumption.
    What kind of idiotic them turns around and states 15% live in property but the number for extreme property drop by half to 3%. First cut the foolisness out, proverty is proverty. That’s like saying one person live on $10 a day the other on $9.50.
    To make matters worst he article states the number have increase over the last 7 years, that’s almost the whole entire period of our current PM Stuart time for governing over Barbados, proving that his whole administration have done nothing for the people of Barbados. Tell me now how selling Barbados benefited the average Barbados, how increase in tourasims helped, how cutting deals with the Chinese, the Americans, the European, etc improved the economy of Barbados. Explain how allowing everybody to build hotels or expand helped the oridinary Bajan or pumped money into the country or how allowing everybody to acquire land boost the economy where every Bajan profit?
    Look all these people talking smoking some serious crack and on some real high nonsense.

    • Barker Antony
      Barker Antony September 14, 2017 at 7:36 am

      thank you cause they think we cant interpret!!!

    • Marcia Applewhaite
      Marcia Applewhaite September 14, 2017 at 10:04 am

      This comment heads the class,the rest is nothing but yardisum.Sad to say they are allowed to vote.This is why the politicians take us forgranted and we continue to be like crabs in a barrel.All of these senseless comments need to be blocked,For this is the reason I refuse to party cause things remain the same,government will change and the folly continues.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

      I wish you’d send this to vob brass tacks or call them with information people would appreciate hearing this. Best response ever thanks

    • Lionel Gittens
      Lionel Gittens September 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      So true Marcia Applewhaite.

    • Lionel Gittens
      Lionel Gittens September 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      They can fool some of the people some of the time but they can’t fool all the people all of the time.

    • Anton Brown
      Anton Brown September 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      I really wonder how some ppl sit around and don’t use the brain they are born with. First ask yourself 3 questions
      1. What was the age of this small fraction size.
      2. What is the occupation of the sample size.
      3. Education level or formal/ informal schooling.
      Now here is why all three of these questions matter.
      1. If the majority of the sample size age is or above retirement level- they are living on a fix income probably less than what’s needed to maintain a certain lifestyle or meet basic living needs/ standards of living.
      2.Occupation is important because if the sample size majority works let’s say in one of the supermarkets or Lower paying jobs- then yes their income is below the amount needed to maintain a certain lifestyle and if you then add in they are single parents with one or more child- guess what- they are living below the poverty level when you compare them to someone e working in government, medical, insurance, engineering or the computer science field to name a few.
      3.As far as education level goes- someone with a masters in teaching or computer science etc will make more than a person who let’s say only went to 5 form.
      You see the reason why, they are allowed to publish these studies is because,a lot of ppl take whatever is thrown to them without dissecting it.
      Some of you all remind me of the young man in Birth of a Nation with Nat Turner- when Nat Turner decided to revolt against his slave master and question what was happening the young condition boy reported him to the slaves master causing not only Nat Turners death and everyone who join the revolution but those innocent ppl who decide not to disclose information on Nat Turner after he escape. That’s call conditioning by the slave master, stockhome syndrome could also be a term used- when the abuse love the abuser or aggressor.
      See they are ppl you can sell anything to and then they are those who think and question and ask the right question. Trump won the USA election because he did one thing Hillary did not… and that’s was he went to the backwoods of Thd USA, where the majority of the ppl were easy sold and fooled- they brought whatever he sold… now look at the state of the USA
      As long as you have certain black ppl around, refusing to take a stand against their oppressors and lovers of those who abuse them, condition will always remain as they are. Black ppl need to have a civil revolution within the black community so they can easily identify those who are willing to let the opposer and slave master continue to rule the whole.

  9. BaJan boy September 14, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Think we needed a study just look at the struggling middle class. This is all happening when Ministers who never had drive the latest BMW’s and now we have the one ordering the Range Rover like he friend Parris and paying cash 250k after moving into a 2 million dollar house only a few months ago and putting the one he previously lived in in St. Philip up for rent not even sale. We know of the one who bought the one on Ruby plantation for 750k cash. Do really think idiots like Jennifer and Sherlock Holmes who are still enjoying the fatted calf should even been listened to. The DLP must go.

    • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 9:55 am

      @bajan boy – Call me what you like, no worries. Some of your post are good, but You too is thinking minor/minimal. That tree and subsequent snake coil is the MAJOR issue. So they can’t do no different.

      • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

        And that calf will get fatter by the day too. Hahahaha. Until this people figure out WHY.

  10. Sonia Seale
    Sonia Seale September 14, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I thought that since this administration is one for poor people that they were trying to create more. It seems as though now that they have succeeded they are complaining.

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 14, 2017 at 8:06 am


      • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

        @Ali baba – EWB, just like MLK et Al was the harbinger for plunging the people into poordom. THINK CLEARLY.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray September 14, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Ali Baba. But if I’m for the POOR MAN why should I make people rich when I’m for here for the poor man.

  11. Martine Boyer
    Martine Boyer September 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Do you really need a study to know that there is poverty in Barbados? When people earning a minimum wage have to work for an hour to buy a dozen eggs, for example?

    • Cyan Jada
      Cyan Jada September 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      …. and protesting/ marching left, right and center

  12. Richard Johnston September 14, 2017 at 9:28 am

    It would be helpful to know the measure of poverty used in the study.

  13. Santini More
    Santini More September 14, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Is anybody, apart from the crazy DLP fanatics, at all surprised at this fact? Higher taxes, increased food & fuel costs, university tuition fees, all whilst incomes and employment are declining. Poverty is without a doubt becoming a major issue here in Barbados. And with poverty comes crime!

  14. F.S. Marshall September 14, 2017 at 9:57 am

    The sample size of 7100 is too small with Barbados’ population of over 280 000. That is less than 3% of the population being surveyed

    • Richard Johnston September 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      The 3% sample is enormous. Comparable figures for the US would be 9.6 million surveyed.

  15. hcalndre September 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Did the study said anything different from what some or the majority of bajans know unless you are a yard fowl and rather say nothing than to let the DLP know that they are responsible for the suffering and hardship for the last 9 years.

  16. Syltopher Mayers
    Syltopher Mayers September 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

    My thing is this it dont take a study to know ppl have it rough and ive been made to understand that these studies is really just another way of robbing bajans stop having unnecessary studies for problems that yuh dun kno exist and tek dah money to solve them ofc ppl poor cuz wunna robbin dum left right and center every damn day and always looking for new and improved methods to do so payin a whole bunch of idiots to come to de same conclusion dat we already kno thousands of dollars dem does pay to x amount of “experts” and “researchers” to gather evidence reports and statistics dat not needed cuz we dun kno and den havim conferences where they do or say nothin important complete wid the most expensive catering getting fat and havin a gud time to tell we tings hard come on man giv de ppl lil ease wunna aint get enough out of we already ease we plz

  17. Michelle Michelle
    Michelle Michelle September 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Hmmm I agree that there is an increase in poverty. But considering the size of your sample to base a hypothesis I question, also with considerations, tht some parishes personally seem to have more poverty then others, also the increase of homeless males, vs single females living in poverty with children. Yes the middle class continue to have less children. If salaries hve higher taxes on them before u even received. Them to be tax again with all the increase taxes, soon there will be poverty, n thoses living frm cheque to cheque. With in last seven years the average taxed person in bim has tripled, look at the average person payment for unoccupied land, land tax now Vs eight years ago……y did it rise, the average question did it become more expensive to maintain with increasing oil prices, or did with then demand for land increase price….. poverty will be the norm with increasing crime to maintain the before rainbow. ( N crimes I meaning blue collar ones)

  18. Dwana Hope
    Dwana Hope September 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    So don’t rely 8n Tourism for jobs

  19. clint September 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    This figure is very conservative since the majority in the “middle class” is a few months pay check from the poverty line. Read the journalistic articles that were written in relation to the hurricaneravaged territories. They referred to the local black population as the poor with the minority whites wealthy. The reality is that in Caribbean states the majority of black persons are living in property- they have no ownership and control of their earnings and hence have no wealth. Thanks to our major institutions- church, schools, politics etc- our people will remain in this state for a very long time. To start the change process, we the descendants of slaves must demand that we are compensated for the atrocities that befall our ancestors. Other things have to be changed such as mind set and the done away with such institutions as the church and the reformation of.our education system and.other system that perpetuate ills like poverty among the black populations of these islands.

    • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Ok clint. We simple thinking so. A donkey in a thoroughbred race.

  20. Stephen Brathwaite
    Stephen Brathwaite September 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    yuh don’t say.

  21. Sam Alleyne
    Sam Alleyne September 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Needed a study ??

  22. Tammy Taitt
    Tammy Taitt September 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Fake News. Fumble and Sinclair say we prosPOORous boh, that why we getting hit with taxes but yet can’t see no jobs in site!!!!! We too rich that they don’t want to give us back our income taxes and NIS benefits.

  23. Sanky September 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    @Tony Webster 6:14 am
    Thank you, thank you.
    These highfaluten poppets bout here who up in dey ivory towers that doan catch a zr, walk nor thumb a lift aint have a clue what dey talking about.

    I was one of the interviewers for this project and not once, twice nor three times, but countless times I’ve had to go back to an area to take food stuff, clothes or whatever I could share to some households. My colleagues also had similar experiences.

    You have to be on the ground to see what real poverty is in this country. Don’t talk about what you hear and see on TV.

    The block boys know who to bother….I’ve been into some drug holes for interviews. They either cooperate or say “mistress no disrespect to you, but I ent interested in that”.

    Made many friends.

  24. Suzanne Taylor
    Suzanne Taylor September 14, 2017 at 6:18 pm


  25. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd September 14, 2017 at 6:53 pm


  26. Thunder September 14, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    People can question this all they want to but the reality is the D.L.P Government is not a poor people government, they are selfish politicians who are for themselves, and they keep placing burdens on the poor.
    When the B.L.P government was in power things were not like this,that is why I say vote the D.L.P government out!so that a caring leader who cares for everyone can take over.

  27. Rainz Franklyn
    Rainz Franklyn September 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Not surprised


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