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Government is shortly to ask Parliament for a supplementary, around $100 000, to ease the distress of mothers who trek daily to the courts for child maintenance only to be disappointed because a special account was overdrawn.
The move comes against the backdrop of angry cries by frustrated women earlier this month that some had not received the child support for September, while others claimed they had not received any payments since July. Some called for a return to the cash payment system instead of the current cheque mechanism.
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite told the DAILY NATION yesterday on the margins of the monthly luncheon of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) at Hilton Barbados that he would appeal to the affected women to be “patient”.
“We pay out what comes in and it goes into an account,” he explained. “From what I am told, sometime during September the banks contacted the Registry saying the account was overdrawn, and that’s how they were alerted that there was a problem."
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