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'PATH increase for the elderly is inadequate'

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party says increases under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education, PATH for the elderly are grossly inadequate.




Last week, Social Security Minister, Derrick Kellier, announced that benefits for the elderly in PATH families will be increased from $900 to $1,500.



However, speaking in the Parliament yesterday afternoon, JLP spokesperson on Poverty Reduction, Shahine Robinson said the increase will not facilitate the elderly being able to purchase basic food items.



Robinson also said she supports the call for children to be provided transport allowance under PATH.



For this financial year, the Government has increased the budgetary allocation to PATH by 15 per cent.



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