Data collection exercise for Government’s Poverty Alleviation Programme resumes

(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – The data gathering exercise for the Government’s landmark Poverty Alleviation Programme resumed across St. Kitts today, Wednesday, August 8, following a break for the observation of the two public holidays in the Federation.

The data collection drive, which commenced on Wednesday, August 1, is the first phase of the historic household assistance initiative which will see the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis providing financial support in the amount of EC$500 per month to those households whose total gross monthly income falls below EC$3,000.

A total of 17 application centers are being operated in St. Kitts between the hours of 10am-6pm Monday to Friday. As of today (August 8), the Estridge Primary School opened its doors as a designated application center to accommodate applications for residents of the Mansion area.

Persons who fall within the parameter of the programme’s criteria are strongly urged to visit the assigned application centers with their relevant information including proof of address, such as a utility bill issued within the last two months; a picture ID, such as a passport, driver’s license or Social Security card, as well as your Social Security number and the most recent pay slip.

The registration exercise is expected to commence on Nevis shortly following the conclusion of the Culturama celebrations.

Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, along with his Team Unity Government, is being commended for the insight, vision and commitment in delivering the historic Poverty Alleviation Programme, which was one of the major commitments made by Team Unity in the build up to the 2015 General Election.

The programme designed to help disadvantaged households meet some of their essential living expenses and, in so doing, improve their standard of living.

Phase two of the programme will consist of an investigative and assessment process, at which time the data collected will be verified to determine whether individuals who have applied for the assistance are genuinely eligible. This is to prevent any abuse of the programme.

Phase three will involve the actual payments to qualifying households, which will start as soon as practicable.

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