Social development committed to ending the cycle of dependency

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Donna Cox –

Social Development and Family Services Minister Donna Cox said reducing the dependency of low-income people is necessary to effectively eradicate poverty.

While contributing to the 2022 budget debate in Parliament on Saturday, Cox said that while her department was committed to protecting the most vulnerable in society, she had noticed a pattern where several members of the same family were receiving allowances social assistance.

She said promoting self-sufficiency and economic stability were among her ministry’s top priorities and noted that programs such as Sowing Empowerment through Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) would continue to provide skills training and small business development. businesses in the communities.

“The ultimate effect of these measures outlined in the 2021 tax package is to alleviate the hardships experienced by our citizens and lay the groundwork for eventually weaning them off government assistance, because Madam President, we on this side do not believe that the poor should always be with us.

“It is important that we break the cycle of reliance on subsidies and our goal is to empower them.

“What we have seen in the Department of Social Development is that there is a cycle of subsidized families, the grandmother is subsidized, the mother is subsidized and the children as well.

“It’s something we approach because once we empower them, we are able to wean them off subsidies.”

Cox said last year the government through his ministry spent $347 million on families in need of food, rent and income support while 178,000 people received grants. relief covid19.

She said that through September 30, 2021, 1,158 applicants had been processed at a cost of over $3 million.

Joel C. Hicks