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$46.9m increase to cater for allowances

July 5, 2017 12:51 am

The $46.9million increase in the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation’s budget allocation will mostly cater for the allowances under the ministry’s various programs.

Minister, Mereseni Vuniwaqa, says this fiscal year is an exciting one as allocations for the different programs have been re-looked at.

“It’s an increase across the board, one of the notable increase would be in the social pension scheme which is a two fold increase for recipients and apart from that there is a new allowance that has been put in place now for persons living with disabilities and there is also an increase in other programmes as well including rural pregnant mothers, the food vouchers, there is this can protect programme for children and also the Poverty Benefit Scheme.”

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The Ministry has been allocated $113.4 million dollars for its next fiscal year.

The government is working on restructuring the social protection regime to make it more effective.

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