More beneficiaries to access increased public assistance

─2020 manifesto social programme

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Coalition Government’s objective of providing the “good life” for all Guyanese will continue during its new term, the administration’s 2020 manifesto has outlined.

The government’s social programme is aimed at improving the quality of life of all Guyanese, while ensuring that each citizen, regardless of their race, religion, gender, age and social background, achieve the “good life.”

The Coalition’s 2020 manifesto outlines the plans it has for the social sector. Among those plans is to expand the Public Assistance Programme, increasing the monthly amount, to reach more beneficiaries.

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(Flashback September 2019) President David Granger applauds as Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence unveils the plaque of the first Children and Family Care Centre while Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally and Head of the Childcare and Protection Agency Ann Green look on.

There will be continued increases to the old age pension, along with other Public Assistance & Difficult Circumstances benefits.

Guyanese in the Foster Parents Programme will be able to care for more children, as there will be an increase in the monthly allocation. Established hosting requirement standards for foster-children, family-care, elder- care, and day-care households and centres will also be pursued.

The government promises to continue to work to eliminate extreme poverty and strengthen social protection to safeguard and empower the most vulnerable in society including, the indigent, the homeless the elderly and persons with disabilities. The ministry’s Difficult Circumstances Programme will reach more eligible beneficiaries, with a wider range of assistance.

New residential care facilities for the elderly, orphans and persons with disabilities will be constructed countrywide; while there will also be an increase in the assignment of social workers to communities and schools.

Along with increases in support and allocation to the Child Protection Agency, the government will also continue to increase the government allocations to NGOs that serve the disadvantaged, and differently-abled.

The government said the proposals and plans put forward in its manifesto, take into consideration the welfare and development of all of our people, on the coastland and in the hinterland; in urban and rural communities; in every town, every village and every neighbourhood.  Our plans and proposals are all implementable and will be implemented.

“We will together, create a nation in which everyone has the opportunity to experience the ‘good life’ and make the most of their talents,” the plan of action states.

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