Another increase for PATH beneficiaries
Beneficiaries under the Programme of the Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) will this year receive a 15 per cent increase in benefits.
The Government will spend a little more than $4.3 billion this year on 330,000 beneficiaries.
Last year the Government granted a similar hike to persons who receive PATH benefits.
The proposed increase was announced yesterday by Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier during a meeting of the Standing Finance Committee which completed its examination of the Estimates of Expenditure.
Kellier told his colleague parliamentarians that the Government would also be assisting 5,000 PATH students in more than 60 schools across the country with a special allocation for transportation. The total amount set aside for transportation costs is $150 million.
"This will ensure that the attendance is improved to above the current levels to ensure that there is conformity by parents and students under the programme," the minister added.