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#LocalGovtDebate: JLP wants to do more for squatters, PNP says it has done work

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 11:45 AM
JLP's Milton Brown shaks hands with PNP's Scean Branswell after last night's debate.

Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is pushing for increased regularisation of informal settlements across the country.

Milton Brown of the JLP argued that his party would take steps to ensure that proper amenities are provided for squatters.

His comments came in the second national local government debate last night at the Creative Production and Training Centre, Arnold Road in Kingston.

However, he said a JLP-led Municipal Corporation would carry out enforcement activities to prevent squatters from occupying more government lands across the country.

The People’s National Party's (PNP) Scean Barnswell commenting on the problem of squatting, said the PNP-led local authorities have worked with the United Nations Habitat Programme and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund to improve infrastructure in crime-plagued informal settlements.

He also noted that the Land Administration Management Programme (LAMP) has been assisting residents in informal settlements to get the lands regularised so that they can be given titles. 

“You that are living on informal settlements do not be afraid, under the People’s National Party-led councils we will ensure that you get titles for that place you are living because you want to show this level of ownership,” Barnswell said.

However, Brown said the PNP was taking credit for the LAMP which was introduced by a JLP administration.