Government increases housing allocation

Government increases housing allocation

Press Release:-The Department of Housing aims to implement sustainable housing solutions.

Minister in the Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport, and Civil Aviation, Hon. Herod Stanislaus, stated that there can be no national economic development without the people of a country having access to quality affordable housing.

The minister’s statement was part of a presentation made at the second session of the debate on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, last Thursday. This, he said, was one of the main reasons for the increase in the allocation of funding to the ministry.

“The estimates provided for my ministry’s housing program an amount of $25,544, 397—an increase of over 100 percent from last year,” Mr Stanislaus said. “This allocation gives you an indication of how committed we are to providing adequate housing to the people of this country. I personally believe that there cannot be economic development if your people can not afford quality housing.”

The minister elaborated on the commitment of the Department of Housing and Urban Renewal in meeting their mandate.

“The Department of Housing and Urban Renewal is mandated to ensure the efficient delivery of affordable housing options, and an effective framework for the sustainable development of urban settlements in Saint Lucia,” he said. “In so doing the agency will focus on developing and implementing affordable and sustainable housing, and related service delivery systems capable of assisting in the alleviation, and ultimately the eradication of poverty in communities.”

The department will also prioritize the renewal of urban centres.

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm Reply

    The correct reference is to the Estimates of Expenditure — not of “Revenue and Expenditure”. The Constitution does not require approval of the “Revenue” side of the Budget. It, however, requires approval of the “Expenditure” side. See Section 79(2) of the Constitution. So, in essence, what we call the Budget Debate, is really a debate of the Estimates of Expenditure. Please be guided accordingly, and do read the Section of the Constitution that I have quoted.

  2. Calvin
    May 8, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply

    “…be guided accordingly…” Regarding your clarification, what exactly is the point you are trying to make?

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