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Durant: Pay cash for babies

MARIA BRADSHAW, [email protected]

Durant: Pay cash for babies

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BARBADOS MAY HAVE to consider giving a monetary incentive to married couples to have more children.

This was among some of the suggestions thrown out by the chairman of the National Assistance Board, Senator David Durant, as he responded to the population crisis Barbados could be facing within a decade, when its elderly is predicted to outnumber children.

With the birth rate standing at 1.84 births per woman and people living above the average life expectancy of 74.3 years, Durant said the imbalance could affect every aspect of social life.

“We have to put things in place – open our borders and bring in younger people into the island,” he said.

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.