Gov't to boot persons from PATH

July 20, 2017
Gordon House on Duke Street in downtown Kingston, the seat of the nation's parliament.

Cabinet recently gave approval for a revised graduation strategy for the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).

Under the new policy, the days of mass recertification of persons under the programme will come to an end. Starting this year, there will be a requirement that PATH families reapply to the programme after three and a half years of participation.

This means that the Government will send out persons to examine whether the persons on the programme are poor enough to benefit from poor relief. Persons who do not meet the criteria for continuation in the programme will be kicked off.

A ministry paper recently laid in Parliament indicated that families that are no longer eligible for PATH will stop receiving cash grants after six months and then be removed from the programme.

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