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PATH benefits to be reviewed

Published:Friday | April 15, 2016 | 4:05 AM
In this file photo, a social worker at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (left) explains the benefits of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education to a retiree, while other persons wait to be update about the scheme.

The government is to undertake a review of the Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).

PATH was introduced in 2002 and is a social welfare programme used by the government to provide grants to the most needy in the society.

Using his Throne Speech to announce the changes, Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, yesterday said the review will focus on the benefits paid by PATH with a view of aligning them with the social needs of people.

Currently, there are five categories of PATH beneficiaries.

They are children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, pregnant and lactating women and poor adults who fall between ages 18 and 59.

Meanwhile, the Governor General also said the Public Assistance Division of the Social Security Ministry will be restructured to make it more effective in delivering services.