Prime Minister Allen Chastanet anticipates that 5,000 to 6,000 Saint Lucians will benefit over the next 6 months from an electricity assistance programme.
The agreement or Memorandum of Understanding with the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited ( LUCELEC) for the initiative was signed Wednesday.
Prime Minister Chastanet observed on his official Facebook page that the Electricity Assistance Program is one of the 32 interventions outlined in Pillar 1 of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery & Resilience Plan.
“The Electricity Assistance Program is targeted at adding value to the lives and livelihoods of those most affected by COVID-19,” he explained.
According to Chastanet, the initiative offers assistance to groups of persons believed to be extremely vulnerable and in need of extension of support by the Government.
He stated that the program offers a credit to participants that is in line with the average monthly consumption of a low-income household.
Persons who meet the criteria, and have decided to opt into the program, will receive the nominal credits on their October 2020 to March 2021 electricity bills.
“These credits would be applied by LUCELEC and paid for by the Government of Saint Lucia,” Chastanet, who is also Minister of Finance, said.