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PATH programme to include more benefits

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2015 | 11:33 AM
In this 2014 file photo, social worker at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Ann-Marie Nicholas-DeSouza (left) explains the benefits of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education to 74-year-old Amy Hunter of Content Gate, Harkers Hall.

The Government is to expand the provision of cash grants under the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).

The enhanced benefits will be facilitated through a $6-billion loan agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in support of Jamaica’s Social Protection Strategy.

It will assist the most vulnerable and needy in the society, particularly children and pregnant and lactating mothers.

Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips, says the loan provided for PATH will also go towards strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, which administers the conditional cash transfer programme.

The loan agreement was one of two signed by the Government yesterday with the IDB.

The other loan support, valued at $3 billion, is for the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP).