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More Than $27 Million Pumped Into PAP

By Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has set aside $27.8 million dollars for the Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP) for the 2021 fiscal year.

That announcement was made by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Timothy Harris when he presented the 2021 Budget Address at a sitting of the National Assembly on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

“My administration recognizes the importance of the PAP initiative and the need to ensure that it remains sustainable for the benefit of those citizens who require this essential support. I am pleased to indicate that this is a hallmark feature of the 2021 estimates, and we approve that the sum of $27.8 million be allocated to continue to assist our people who are in need.”

The Finance said his administration will take proactive steps to review the procedure for accessing the programme, adding that the review will be done to ensure sustainability and improve the impact of the programme on those who need the assistance.

The scheme provides each household that earns less than $3,000 per month with financial aid worth $500, sourced from the Citizenship By Investment Programme. The Poverty Alleviation Programme was officially launched on December 24, 2018.

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