UWP Outlines 6-Point Plan To Reduce Economic Burden On Saint Lucians

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The high cost of living is an issue which continues to afflict all sectors of our society. Unfortunately in response to this global phenomenon, our Prime Minister as the captain of our economy has put his hands up and surrendered to the possibility of solutions.
Like a defeated captain he has abandoned ship and told us to all perish under the weight of rising cost of living.
When asked about the possibility of relief from the global inflation problem, the Prime Minister indicated that nothing can be done to curb the current situation of rising living expenses.
In an earlier public showing the Prime Minister outlined the sum total of his economic plan (“eat more green figs”).
This is simply not good enough, frankly unacceptable, and confirms widespread suspicions that this government is without answers to the many issues that you the people of St. Lucia care about.
While the Prime Minister and his cabinet remain clueless about finding solutions to global inflation and its effects on us, many Caribbean leaders are announcing measures to bring relief to their citizens. Our neighboring islands understand how this difficult economic situation is wreaking havoc on our pockets and challenges our very survival.
The United workers party is therefore proposing a six point plan to ease the pain that you the people feel as a result of this volatile time in our country:
1) The United Workers party sounds an urgent call for the government to continue and expand on the Electricity Bill Support Initiative that we carried out at the height of the COVID 19 pandemic as many were without work and income. By reinstating this program and making it available to more vulnerable households, pain will be relieved on many families.
2) Extend a helping hand to our farmers and provide seeds,fertilizer and Animal feed to bolster local livestock and crop production. However production must be complimented by guaranteeing markets for farmers so that there is confidence to go out and produce. It is our firm view that the produce from farmers should be purchased by the government and distributed to vulnerable households.
3) Reduce the VAT rate NOW and add more items to the list of exempt and Zero rated items basket. Conduct the necessary research and implement measures to give the people relief. Relief at the supermarkets, relief at the drugstores, relief at the cooking gas vendor. St. Lucian’s will be reminded that it was a manifesto policy of the United Workers Party to reduce VAT from 12.5% to 10%. A high VAT rate continues to be a major contributor to the rising cost of everyday household commodities. Mr. Prime Minister, Reduce VAT immediately.
Simply putting our hands- up, and saying “nothing can be done” is not an option. We also call on the government to implement these additional three measures immediately to ease the pain immediately:
4) Maintain the current price for a gallon of gasoline fuel at the gas stations. The Government must not allow the price of gas to exceed the current price. This will allow the price of transportation, locally manufactured goods and other related commodities to remain stable.
5) Scrap the recent increases in the 20 LBS and 22LBS cylinder of LPG cooking gas and reinstate the original price. The current increases only add to the burdensome high inflation which continues to pressure many vulnerable households.
6) Make good on the promised $1,500 income support to many small businesses and self employed individuals. These include: vendors, taxi drivers, fishermen, and several others. The former United Workers Party Administration mobilized income support for 11,000 registered workers and 6, 000 additional self employed persons from a wide range of sectors.
This allowed many families to survive at a worst economic time than at present. Therefore, suggestions by the current Prime Minister that nothing can be done to ease the pain on the poor and vulnerable is simply unacceptable.
The road to economic recovery is a long journey that requires help for the vulnerable along the way. As they continue to give incentives to big hotels and other large companies, the government tax relief must also filter down to ordinary consumers. Mr. Prime Minister as celebrated calypsonian Ashanti would say: “ Bring di Prices Down.”
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18 COMMENTS

  1. We have witnessed it, we have felt it and have seen in in other islands. Whenever VAT is reduced prices go up and the consumers feel it. VAT reduction only helps the business man. When we reduce VAT then taxes are raised else where. Can you please let us know how ST Lucia will get revenue. What will be taxed?

  2. I hope the SLP have an appropriate response to the UWP plan.
    Please indicate the average annual landed price of fuel in the last 5 years, indicate the govt revenue intake for the said period as compared
    to the present situation .
    The same should be done for imported food stuff where possible

    The point being this is the highest international gas prices have been in over 5 years.
    Instead of reducing gas price as promised, Allen reduced VAT and increased gas prices.

  3. In spite of all this,we keep on biting each other ;in spite of his wonders,
    we did not beleive,so, will we end our day in fertility and our years in terror ?
    He rules forever by his power,
    his eyes watches the nation
    let us not be rebellious and rise against the ruler.
    May God be gracieux to us and bless us,and make his face shines upon us.
    May your people praise you,O God ;may all the earth praise you !
    Then the land will yeild its harvest,and God,our God will bless us.
    God will bless us, and all the earth will fear him !
    Praise awaits ‘you,O God,in St-Lucia,
    with you our vows will be ‘fullfilled’.

  4. Allen read through the lines, you are expired. St Lucians don’t want you anymore, not even Juke Bois saying good things about you. You wasted too much money and we cannot see what was done.
    Bye Allen

  5. AS least the Opposition has ideas for solutions. The government has none. You fools need to turn your attention to the government you elected that has not had a single economic policy outlined in the eight months they have been in power. There is no direction in the country and instead of taking these jokers to task you are still on Chastanet’s back. At least when he was there things were better and people were hopeful. Labour in power has always been a joke and now we are seeing it all over again. They have no plan. They have no vision. Where is the $1500 they promised you during the election campaign. Why are you all not asking for the government to honour its promise?

  6. you were in government some time ago now you want to tell the labour party government wat to do chpz uwp step aside give labour a chance to govern this country…oh and a one more thing uwp you’re out the labour party is in so shut the hell up

  7. Solution : get your ivermectin shot from Dr. Gilbert , then eat more green fig and while Minister Poyette ugly you to death .

  8. Allen: Dad do you think I will be Prime Minister again soon?
    Father: No son I don’t think so.
    Allen: Dad I promised Saint Lucians five for five but they voted my party out.
    Father: Five for five son! What you selling balahoo?

    • Resign. And stop having people write rubbish for you. Moron. Give us Anthony Bristol or Anthony Isaac. We want Anthony!

  9. Excusez-moi! Weren’t these guys in office less than a year ago? Sigh!
    Someone definitely needs to swallow some anti depressants.

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