Living conditions to be assessed

A comprehensive assessment of living standards in the Cayman Islands is being carried out by the Ministry of Health and Human Services and a volunteer member of the public is being sought to be part of the team.

Titled the National Assessment of Living Conditions (NALC), the project is being carried out in conjunction with the Caribbean Development Bank. The aim is to provide government with comprehensive data with which to be able to assist those who are most vulnerable in the community, said a GIS press release.

Health and Human Services Minister Anthony Eden said that it will help in the development of social, cultural and economic policies for the Cayman Islands.

Mrs. Diane Montoya, Chairperson of the National Assessment Team (NAT) and Chief Officer in the Ministry of Health and Human Services, said the assessment will cover the entire range of vulnerabilities, including housing, poor relief, families, and the cost of living.

She said that with the long-term objective of identifying an across-the-board development strategy, the NAT will be looking to answer questions on exactly who in the Cayman Islands are socially disadvantaged and the means of changing the situation.

Mrs. Montoya said that the volunteer member of the public who is being sought to sit on the NAT must be someone with interest in the community, committed to the society on a national level, and have a grassroots understanding of the living conditions in the Cayman Islands.

The aim is to name this person to the post by 19 April.

Expressions of interest are to be sent to the NAT Chairperson, Diane Montoya, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Government Administration Building.

The project is expected to run for six to nine-months, the release said.

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