Richard Frederick To Tackle Inadequate Housing In Castries Central

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Housing Minister Richard Frederick, quoting the late former Jamaica Prime Minister Edward as asserting that proper housing improves the standard of living of people and may remove criminality from a lot of areas where those individuals reside, has promised to tackle the issue of inadequate housing in his Castries Central constituency.

“There is absolutely no doubt that Castries Central has quite a few pockets of residences that are not worthy to be occupied,” Frederick told reporters on Thursday.

“And it is my quest to start some kind of drive to at least bring reprieve to many of the people in Castries Central – those who live in the deprived areas, those who are societally sidelined, to bring them proper housing and in that manner, to bring them an improved standard of living,” he explained.

Frederick, a former Housing Minister, was appointed Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Housing and Local Government when the new Saint Lucia cabinet was sworn in on Thursday afternoon.

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He mounted a successful challenge as an Independent candidate against the incumbent, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, in the July 26 general elections.

The other successful independent candidate at the polls, former Prime Minister Stephenson King who retained Castries North, was  given a cabinet post as  Senior Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development and Urban Renewal

Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre told a packed House of Assembly where the swearing in ceremony was held that the inclusion of King and Frederick, though not members of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), was a signal that his administration would be a government of and for the people.

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