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We remain concerned about the lack of Government relief measures for Saint Lucians affected by the rise in prices and the economic impact of the Covid pandemic.
In his Budget address the Prime Minister indicated relief for pensioners but singled out only “Government pensioners.”
The Prime Minister provided no details of the payout in his address and the wording left much to be desired.
Thousands of Saint Lucians who heard the announcement assumed this was extended to all pensioners as the Prime Minister provided no suitable explanation as to why only Government pensioners were eligible.
The public is confused by this decision to only assist Government pensioners with a cash payout when all Saint Lucians are suffering and many other Saint Lucians who have diligently paid to the NIC will not get this benefit.
The United Workers Party calls on the SLP to extend this to all pensioners.
Having already disappointed the public on so many fronts when it comes to their election promises, it sad that the small amount they are paying out they have singled out only a small group.
As I said in my Address to the Nation, Government Revenue is back to pre-pandemic levels and the Government can do more.
On top of that they are creating this rift between public and private sector workers by giving a cash payment to only Government pensioners.
I am again calling on the Prime Minister to deliver on his promises of providing Income Support to citizens who are feeling the squeeze from the daily increases in the cost of living.
Source: United Workers Party.