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$500 million to assist Jamaica\'s poor

Published:Wednesday | December 19, 2007 | 7:54 AM

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has announced a $500 million assistance package for the poor.

Mr. Golding made the announcement while making his contribution to the debate on the First Supplementary Estimates in the House of Representatives last night.

He said the method of disbursement has not yet been worked out.

However, the funds could be channelled through the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education.

The initiative is in response to the spiralling food and petrol prices, blamed mostly on the rising prices for corn, wheat and fuel on the world market.

The Opposition had called on the government to take steps to cushion the effects of the increases on those most vulnerable.