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Call for unity in poverty fight

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Call for unity in poverty fight

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Poverty has no partisan divide and should attract bipartisan support in the House of Assembly.
City Member of Parliament Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, in his maiden speech to the House of Assembly yesterday, also disclosed that his constituency was particularly hard hit by increasing levels of poverty and called on Government to act quickly to tackle the problem.
The Opposition MP, who was contributing to debate on the 2013-2014 Estimates Of Revenue And Expenditure, said it was clear that Government was having some challenges in the allocation of resources but stressed it was important in the current environment for the state to provide an adequate social safety net for the country’s poor and vulnerable.
Highlighting the state of poverty in The City and urban corridor, Bostic called on the Minister of Social Care to use his office to ensure that projects to uplift communities in Cats’ Castle, Greenfield and Garden Land were executed.
According to the MP, if Barbados was to tackle the issue of intergenerational poverty and the culture of poverty, a holistic approach was required.
He lamented the fact that very little was provided in the Estimates for the City of Bridgetown, saying that with its designation as a World Heritage Site, more should have been done to maximize the benefits of the designation.
He said Government’s plan to invigorate small businesses was a laudable plan because of the significant contribution that the small and micro business sector made to employment levels in the country.
In a presentation that attracted support from both sides of the House, Bostic stressed that the Opposition and Government had a responsibility to look after the people of Barbados and to find areas of consensus on a new way forward. (GE)