Member of Parliament for Micoud Arsene James recently spoke in Parliament on the merits of the Holistic Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (HOPE) programme.
Since the economy has been marked by contractions in current revenue and expansion in expenditure, the allocation for the HOPE programme has been reduced as well as cuts in other areas in this budget cycle.
James, during his presentation on the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, expressed concern about the sustainability of the HOPE programme which is a major component of the Social Safety Net Initiative implemented by the Government.
“But I think this is a programme which has been giving the people hope and I hope and I am hoping that it would be continued,” James said.
Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Dr. Kenny Anthony has explained that given the current fiscal and monetary environment both locally and across the globe, government has no choice but to implement fiscal containment and consolidation measures.
Meantime, James said he was heartened by the advanced stage of works which are ongoing at the Desruisseaux Combined School under the Basic Education Enhancement Programme (BEEP).
“I want to say that I realize under this programme that some attention is being given to Desruisseaux Combined School which is in my constituency, and as far as I can see, they are trying to push the work as quickly as possible so that they can get the work completed. This I think I must commend,” James said.
The Infant Department of the Desruisseaux Combined School, which houses Grades K to 3, is being renovated. As a former minister for Education, James expressed anticipation for the proposed developments in that sector.