JEEP to pump $140 million into parish councils
Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
Parish councils across the island are set to receive $140 million to spend on projects under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).
The way in which the funds are to be allocated has not yet been worked out by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, but Lucille Brodber, head of the JEEP Secretariat, said consideration was being given to the funds being given directly to the councils to spend on selected projects.
However, Audley Shaw, a member of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), said the money should be divided equally among the country’s 228 councillors.
He said failure to do this could result in victimisation.
MPs got $10 million under phase three of JEEP, which began in March, to spend in their constituencies.
Each MP will get a further $10 million under phase four, which starts next month.
If the funds allocated to councillors are to be given to them directly, each would receive just over $600,000 to spend in their divisions.
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