The Ministry of Community Affairs,
Gender and Housing will disburse some CI$200,000 in Christmas bonus payments to
seamen, veterans, and clients of the Department of Children and Family Services who receive permanent financial assistance.
“The majority of this group is older persons who are dependent on others for
their care,” Community Affairs Minister Mike Adam said. “This is the Government’s effort to supplement the funds that we
provide monthly to the elderly as well as that which they receive from family
and other source.”
Each of the recipients will receive $100, which is the
same amount as last year Mr. Adam said.
“Our greatest wish
is that we could have given more to each person, but we are simply unable to at
this time,” he said.
The Minister said the amount still represents a significant dip into the Ministry’s
budget, adding: “We hope it can assist our seamen, veterans, and the less
fortunate in our community, in some way this season.”