2325 Saint Lucians currently employed under STEP

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2325 Saint Lucians currently employed under STEP

Another cycle of the Short Term Employment Programme (STEP) commenced on Monday, July, 2013, in all seventeen constituencies in Saint Lucia.

For one week, two thousand, three hundred and twenty five (2,325) persons will engage in beautification and de-bushing works in communities around the island.

It is expected that this cycle will provide much needed assistance to poor households who are currently struggling to meet monthly expenses and are preparing their children for the September 2013 school year.

A deliberate effort was made to engage single parents, who have never been employed under the programme before.

STEP, along with the $500 bursary to students at the Common Entrance level, are two programmes designed to provide financial assistance in time for the September 2 start of the 2013 school year.

In addition, the Government of Saint Lucia continues to support the School Transportation Subsidy Programme, the School Feeding Programme as well as the Book Bursary/Rental Scheme.

STEP was re-instated by the Saint Lucia Labour Party Administration, immediately after the 2011 General Elections and is administered in five cycles.

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  1. lets get the country going..how much is the weekly pay? its a good thing,but please dont cut the trees...rather on the road sides,companies should start taking people into their work place,getting people back into work,banks,schools,airports,etc not cuttin grass... please kenny..get people back into work for the weekly pay...people will feel much better about their confidence

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  2. They rather give you a fish than teach you how to fish, what will these people be able to put on a resume that they cut bush by the side of the road for one week, seriously? why not try to teach them a trade where they can get meaningful employment so much fertile deserted government land we have there why not give small parcels to people who want to farm, start pumping money into agriculture and food security.

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  3. Half a loaf is better than no bread and they should thank God for small mercies. My only fear is that we continue to CUT trees and clear ALL shrubs and grass all in the name of beautification while destroying the natural foliage. We must remember that we are in the hurricane season and the foliage and trees are necessary to prevent soil erosion and landslides. I have witnessed the people not trimming but CUTTING and CHOPPING trees. I am hoping that the authorities have guided accordingly against this practice.

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  4. THIS GOVERNMENT CLEARLY WANTS TO KEEP THE POOR VERY POOR, IF THEY WANTED TO HELP THE POOR THEY WOULD COME UP WITH OTHER IDEAS

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  5. WHY DON'T THEY BUILD FACTORIES OR VEGETABLE FIELDS AND TRY TO PRODUCE THINGS WE USE LOCALLY AND MAYBE ENOUGH TO EXPORT??? THIS WOULD 1< PROVIDE PERSONS WITH FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT 2< GAIN INCOME FOR THE COUNTRY 3< LOW DOWN ON THE COST OF OUR IMPORTS.. AND MANY MORE BENEFITS, IF I CAN SEE IT WHY CANT THE GOVERNMENT SEE IT? THEY ARE ALL FOR THEIR POCKETS,

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  6. short term employment. yea the people need it ...that's true. but only for 1 wk. so after that is what????

    smh

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  7. One week work is not good enough . The goverment of st lucia and those other caribbean island needs to give the poor people the opertunity and help they need to run their own businesses . In return more people will be working and taxes collected

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