Parliamentary Representative for the St Joseph constituency Kelver Darroux is giving two thumbs up to an initiative by the government to alleviate poverty in his community.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced during the presentation of the national budget on Tuesday that St Joseph is expected to benefit from one of two pilot programmes to be implemented to help close the unemployment gap there.
The Prime Minister indicated that a Country Poverty Assessment identified the St Joseph community as having the highest poverty head count in the country.
He explained that the programme will provide a stipend – a move that Darroux says is a step in the right direction.
“I must say the budget was one of the times which took into consideration the current global economy. I believe the programme will help these young people become productive once again. The programme will help to alleviate poverty and it will give single mothers and unemployed youth some hope,” he said.
The St Joseph MP said work will also be done in the Hillsborough Garden and Layou area.
According to Darroux, the playing field in Belles will also be given some attention, in addition to an ongoing tourism thrust in Mero.