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PATH beneficiaries must reapply after four years

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 9:17 AM
Labour and Social Security Minister, Shahine Robinson, says failure to reapply for PATH benefits will be seen as a voluntary withdrawal from the programme. - File

Persons who have been on the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) for four years will be required to reapply in order to continue receiving benefits.

Labour and Social Security Minister, Shahine Robinson, says failure to reapply will be seen as a voluntary withdrawal from the programme.

Robinson says these persons will be given three final payments before being permanently removed.

She says this payment system will also apply to PATH beneficiaries who no longer qualify because of improvements in their economic situation.

The labour and social security minister says this is to ensure that the programme continues to fulfil its mandate of meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in the society.

Robinson was addressing a forum at the Holiday Haven Hotel in Runaway Bay, St Ann recently.

PATH is a conditional cash transfer programme funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank and is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to poor and vulnerable persons.

Roughly half of all Jamaican students receive benefits under the programme.