Government to increase PATH benefits

February 10, 2017
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen giving the Throne Speech at the opening of Parliament yesterday.

The Government will be increasing the benefits paid to approximately 380,000 Jamaicans under the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).

PATH is the Government's major social intervention initiative, which is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the most needy and vulnerable in the society.

Delivering the 2017-18 Throne Speech in Gordon House yesterday, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen said the Government is committed to expanding social protection that will empower Jamaicans to achieve their fullest potential.

Turning to the Overseas Employment Programme, he said that approximately 15,000 Jamaicans were placed in jobs in the United States and Canada for the period April 2016 to February 2017. This represents an increase of almost 10 per cent over the previous period.

"Continued growth of opportunities under the Overseas Employment Programme will remain a major priority for the ministry in the new fiscal year," he said.

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