Antigua Moves Ahead to Enhance Social Protection for Vulnerable Groups

Senator Malaka Parker

Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Social Transformation Senator Malaka Parker, is urging residents of Antigua to take collective interest, responsibility and action to protect the vulnerability of older persons, as Government seeks to commence a review of some social protection programs.

Efforts are being made at the department of social policy, research and planning within the Ministry of Social Transformation, to establish a national beneficiaries’ registry to assist with the management of data concerning all vulnerable groups in Antigua & Barbuda, including the elderly.

This forms part of a World Bank initiative, and Senator Parker describe this initiative as being “a critical step towards the identification of eligible individuals or households.

The review is anticipated to strengthen and expand the reach of Government’s social protection programs through the reform of the criteria, and the removal of the gaps in the many programs which leave open the opportunity for duplication of services, where some individuals receive from two or more programs, and others in need receive nothing because of limited resources.

Senator Parker stated that the Ministry, through this World Bank sponsored program, will be able to reach more of the vulnerable elderly in the nation, as well as other categories of individuals and families who have never benefitted.

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