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Several parish offices to be renovated

Published:Saturday | March 2, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Robinson...a number of parish offices across the island are to be renovated in short order

A number of parish offices across the island are to be renovated “in short order”, Minister of Social Security Shahine Robinson has announced.

Robinson says having gone around the island and had a first-hand look at the parish offices it is clear that most have outgrown their useful capacity.

In addition, she says there is a large number of disabled persons who need to access the services provided at these facilities.

Robinson revealed that already tenders are out for the refurbishing of the parish offices located on Ripon Road, in Kingston and in St James.

In addition, she said work is under way at the St Ann parish office.

“It will be a beautiful new complex. It should be completed in June and we hope to move in by the end of this year,” the social security minister said.

She was speaking on Thursday at the official opening of the new state-of-the-art Hanover Parish Office.

The 4,000-square-foot facility, located at Bustamante Square in Lucea, was purchased at a cost of $92 million.

An additional $20 million was spent to refurbish the facility.

It will house a number of departments that fall under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, including the National Insurance Scheme, the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education, the Labour Division and the National Council for Senior Citizens.

“This new office is the first in a series that will provide the ministry with a better chance of pursuing its mandate of providing effective social protection for the needy, promoting social inclusion for all, providing sustainable industrial relations standards, promoting productivity growth, ensuring safety and health for all workers,” she said.

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