This is our promise to you: to deliver in the next five years
and beyond A FAIR SHARE For All.
Labour Party holds dear to its core values of: equal opportunity
for all, economic and social justice and to the fundamental
rights of access to: a job, quality healthcare, education
Labour Party believes that all Barbadians, regardless of social
circumstance, colour or religion, only want to be given a
fair share of the country's wealth and its other resources.
Labour Party sees life as a journey and so intends to provide
the environment within which Barbadians can realize their
therefore addresses the needs of individuals throughout the
stages of life, from those early years; through the adolescent
years; adulthood and the retirement years.
THOSE EARLY YEARS OF LIFE
Labour Party believes the future of our country and the well
being of our Nation rest with the nurturing of our children.
This nurturing includes the fostering of care, the provision
of shelter and the guaranteeing of security for all. This
approach cuts across all social, economic and developmental
challenges, while seeking to ensure a Fair Share for All.
that disadvantaged families continue to struggle, while at
the same time, middle-class families too need relief if we
are to invest in the future by caring for our children and
A New DLP government will therefore establish a Ministry of
Family & Social Care by reorganizing other ministries,
to deal with among other things, the following:
and Community services.
and development of programmes intended to strengthen the fabric
of the family.
intensify health education, and health care for mothers to
reduce low birth weight, rates of accidents, incidents of
deficiency anemia, and improve the overall quality of pre-
and neonatal care.
keeping with this national priority on the care of our children
we pledge to:
the presently scattered legislation related to care and
protection of children into one Children's Act.
will increase Child Care programmes to root out child abuse,
drug abuse and to de-institutionalize the care of disabled
will develop more community- oriented social care programmes
such as group homes, half way houses and foster care.
the matter of the security of our children the Democratic
Labour Party will:
a childcare subsidy of $500.00 for single parent families
earning below the income tax threshold as well as unemployed
a special-care subsidy of $500.00 for children with disabilities.
HEADSTART - an education programme that will fast track
students from nursery through primary school.
a textbook grant for Primary School children.
VAT from baby equipment like strollers and cradles etc.
will provide childcare, and nursery facilities that offer
after-school programmes within or in
close proximity to industrial estates, for the peace of
mind of working mothers.
incentives and tax concessions for entrepreneurs to develop
daycare and nursery
THE ADOLESCENT YEARS
Labour Party is interested in fashioning a new society of
village life where there is the continuity of family care.
In this regard we must foster a social and economic environment
where every adolescent can identify hope and opportunities
to achieve a fair share of the Barbadian dream.
this reality the Democratic Labour Party will strengthen parenting
programmes aimed at developing self-esteem, self-confidence,
personal and interpersonal skills and conflict resolution.
addition to the above, we will:
the further development of life quality partnerships with
schools, churches, and
other religious institutions, volunteer groups, 4H clubs,
law enforcement, the business community and the media through
the provision of financial incentives.
the establishment of students' councils at all educational
institutions, to play a greater role in enhancing relations
between students and staff and family.
the development of a National Students Council with a view
of shaping national youth development strategies and policies.
the National Independence Youth Awards so as to recognize
the contribution and accomplishments of our young people.
As a government
we will provide:
Life enhancement education that will address issues of:
will accord national recognition to the Richard Stoute Teen
Talent Competition and provide a subsidy for its further
will give financial support to the development of a National
Film Institute, that will create and promote local TV programming
for the imaging of Barbadian role models.
seeking to further enhance the security of our adolescent
youth the Democratic Labour Party will:
drug and crime prevention programmes by increasing the allocation
of financial resources to schools, churches and community
Youth Empowerment - business, sports and cultural - programmes
to move the boys from the block to be owners of stock (capital)
and guide them on a sustained path of self-development and
micro loans and technical assistance to ensure the success
of these small enterprises.
a $20 million RESTART programme that will seek to reintegrate
the marginalized youth back into the mainstream of society.
keeping with this focus the Democratic Labour Party will:
the existing correctional institutions and systems.
recovery services within community centered hostels.
THE ADULT YEARS OF LIFE
that the journey of life from adolescence to adulthood is
relationship driven, the Democratic Labour Party will focus
special attention on the Care, Security and Shelter of the
the context of the village life concept, these relationships
extend to the workplace, the community, and the recreational
and social environment.
Labour Party is cognizant that our work force is growing at
a faster pace than employment opportunities. We must be creative
and pursue job creation strategies that utilize the skills
and competencies of the entire working population. This can
only be done within an environment that encourages investment,
in a new services economy supported by a high-end manufacturing
sector and a more sophisticated agriculture sector.
from encouraging existing enterprises to become more relevant
in the new global economy, the Democratic Labour Party must
facilitate individuals who are willing to become entrepreneurs.
regard, self-employment through the creation of small enterprises,
in non-traditional areas of business particularly in the services
sector, will be the major focus of the Party's job creation
on individuals and businesses remains a major burden. Taken
as a whole - Vat, Income tax, property taxes, levies etc.
-the tax take today amounts to 40 cents out of every dollar.
When the DLP left office it was approximately 30 cents. We
feel taxation acts as a disincentive to productivity and investment.
Labour Party will pursue a lower-tax regime as its main fiscal
a tax reduction and a programmes of subsidies that will
relieve Barbadians of approximately $210 million in taxation
over a 5-year period.
this, the Democratic Labour Party will:
corporate taxation to allow for lower costs of doing business,
thereby making investment worthwhile.
taxation on workers to increase spending power and consequently
provide an incentive for increasing workers productivity.
the social partnership with a view to put in place a massive
retraining and retooling programme for workers.
this retraining programme, new job attachments will be created
for new entrants into the workforce, as well as enhanced job
security, as workers adapt to a changing global environment.
Democratic Labour Party will introduce minimum wage legislation
to better equip workers to meet their needs.
the Democratic Labour Party understand that it is the dream
of every Barbadian to own a home and "a piece of the
In addition to providing shelter and supporting families our
housing policy is designed to build respect, pride, cooperation
and interaction among individuals, families and communities.
Labour Party pledges to make homeownership a reality, by making
low and middle-income houses available, funds more accessible,
and construction of new homes ultimately more affordable.
make this dream a reality, we will:
all persons living in NHC housing and paying rent for a
period of twenty years or more, to own these houses or units,
with the payment of a small legal fee, for his/her title
all persons living on housing lots owned by government and
paying rent for a period of twenty years or more, to own
these lots, with a payment of a small legal fee, for his/her
In other words
after paying rent for more than twenty years, you have already
paid for the house.
living in units for less than the 20 years will be given
the opportunity to own the units through the provision of
an interest free loan, through arrangements with co-operative
Credit Unions or a National Housing Fund, to cover the years
required to qualify.
In the case of such sales the NHC will operate
as a Condominium Management Company for the up keep of the
grounds, play parks and for the maintenance of the roofs,
wells and uniformity of block units.
area of private home ownership, we will:
all duties and taxes on the building materials component
of houses valued up to $150,000.
houses valued in excess of $150,000, prospective homeowners
will derive benefit from the removal of all duties and taxes
on the building materials component of the house value up
weds who are paying rent will be allowed to claim an allowance
of a maximum of $6,000 in the first year of marriage.
mortgages for first time home-owners on government land,
which would allow a ten year moratorium of the repayment
on the land portion of the property development loan.
by way of incentives insurance coverage of every house.
and the values attached to property ownership are placing
the purchasing of land beyond the reach of the ordinary Barbadian.
where market values for houses and land have risen dramatically,
there is a tremendous burden on the shoulders of property
owners. Many poor and middle income Barbadians have had to
sell properties because they were unable to pay the taxes.
selling out of Barbados that now obtains under the Barbados
Labour Party will stop.
Labour Party will address these concerns and keep land ownership
accessible to Barbadians and secure our land heritage for
generations to come.
ensure this, we will:
the method of calculating land taxes. Tax payable will be
calculated on 90% of market or improved value in the first
year and will be reduced to 65% over a 5 year period. In
other words, as your property value increases your taxable
value would fall.
Money in your Pocket
making work worthwhile and increasing productivity.
keeping with our lower-tax regime we will:
the tax-free income from $15,000 to $20,000 from January
the threshold to $25,000 from income year 2006.
the upper marginal tax rate to 355 from income year 2005
and further to 32% in 2006.
as possible after 2006, we will gradually introduce a single
income tax rate of 20%. This wwill conform to the trend set
in other major countries within the Caricom single Market
tax rate will be reduced to 20% in harmony with the upper
marginal income tax rate in the same time frame.
first $5,000 of overtime pay will be tax-free. Thereafter
the appropriate marginal tax rate would apply.
VAT to 10% on all Food items that currently attract
Vat from the first $5,000 of Funeral expenses.
NOTE: The above measures are all part of the $210 million tax-relief
package promised over the 5-year period.
past decade Public Servants have suffered through structural
adjustments and the constraints of an incomes protocol. This
act of sacrifice saved Barbados from a devaluation of the
dollar. In recognition of this selfless act we will:
$25 million to the Public Servants to be paid as a non-taxable
earn you have to learn
Labour Party's record of real social transformation is rooted
in the economic and social revolution of the 1960's and 70's
with the move to universal free secondary education. Education
is still seen as the catalyst for upward social mobility in
the Barbadian society.
global era demands another education revolution of a kind
that emphasizes, not only childhood, but also adult and worker
education. This is consistent with the need to make the economy
more competitive through efficiency gains that would result
from higher worker productivity in combination with greater
use of technology.
this, the Democratic Labour will launch a major initiative
as part of our Education for Living called "JUMPSTART".
the third component of our new education thrust - HEADSTART
and RESTART being the others - under JUMPSTART we will:
a workers' college in conjunction with the trade and employers'
unions, with the capacity to train 2000 persons in any given
in upgrading the Barbados Workers Union Labour College at
Mangrove and the Public Workers Academy.
opportunities for retired teachers and other professionals
to give of their time and expertise in the training of the
new job opportunities across the board for work attachments,
internships and effective apprentice-ship schemes.
journey through life the stress factors associated with living
take their toll. With this in mind, the Democratic Labour
Party will once again place healthcare at the top of our national
priorities. We are committed to the principle that quality
healthcare is a fundamental human right.
believe that good health will enable Barbadians to lead socially
and economically productive lives.
of linen and pharmaceuticals, low staff morale can no longer
be tolerated at our premier healthcare institution. The QEH
must once again take pride of place among the best healthcare
institutions in the region.
Democratic Labour Party plans for a healthier Barbados are:
maintain state support and encourage private sector involvement
and NGO participation in the provision of healthcare services.
introduce comprehensive Family Life Development programmes
in all polyclinics and through our JUMPSTART initiative,
with the focus on reducing divorce and separations, teenage
pregnancies, child abuse, teenage crime, drug and alcohol
abuse and care for the aged.
measures to access new revolutionary drug treatments on
HIV/AIDS. Support indigenous research on national treatment
a new Psychiatric Hospital and restructure the delivery
of mental health services in keeping with first-world standards.
The dehumanizing spectacle we now see of sad faces behind
green bars along Black Rock will be a thing of the past.
up a Center for Disease Control with a mandate to research,
monitor and educate the Barbadian society on the prevention
and treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension,
kidney and heart disease.
and promote family support systems for HIV/AIDS victims.
the Drug Service in conjunction with the Pharmacists and
Doctors, with a view of making it more patient friendly,
efficient and cost effective.
and return to the Drug Formulary those medications critical
to the well-being of our elderly.
THE RETIREMENT YEARS
of life is usually met with anxiety by most Barbadians. Yes,
we look forward to the days when we can relax and enjoy the
fruits of our labour. However, the current Barbadian reality
suggests that retirement comes with deep levels of frustration
and concerns about maintaining a decent quality of life and
facing the perils of high taxation and a struggle to access
of this, the Democratic Labour Party will reduce the burdens
placed on our citizens who have reached their golden years,
by introducing progressive policies to combat many unpleasant
pensioners receiving $250 or less per week will benefit
from a subsidy of $360 annually.
pensions will be tax-free again, while a $30,000 tax free
allowance will apply to all other pensions.
will introduce a minimum pension threshold for all those
receiving government related pensions - no Barbadian pensioner
should be receiving less than $500 per month.
will reduce VAT on Food to 10%.
VAT from the first $5,000 in funeral expenses.
and upgrade District Hospitals and rename them Care Centers
for the Elderly.
a preventative blindness and rehabilitation programme at
employees will work a five-day workweek over a seven-day
period so that our elderly will receive care on weekends
and more jobs will be created.
will provide funding and technical assistance through grants
to specialized and registered CBO's and NGO's whose mandate
it would be to provide care for the elderly especially those
shut-ins in the communities.
will attach nutritionists and other healthcare providers
from the Ministry of Health to these service organizations
to ensure the holistic care of the elderly.
will provide retirement and financial planning services
through our adult education programme called "JUMPSTART".
will establish a mentorship programme that will fully utilize
the skills of retired persons in the training of new workers
in public and private sector organizations.
we have seen over the past few months splashed across our
television screens, of elderly persons living in cellars and
sheep pens point to the callousness of the Barbados Labour
Party. Part of our national priority must be to provide shelter
for the aged at this fragile stage of life. To do otherwise
would be a blight on our society.
will construct beautifully landscaped homes for the elderly
in communities across Barbados, including Government housing
estates. This is keeping with our village life concept.
The grounds and buildings now occupied by the Psychiatric
hospital at Black Rock will be turned into a Village for
the Elderly and Homes for the Homeless, on completion of
the new hospital for mental health.
DLP will install water borne facilities in all homes by
2005. The elderly will be given priority.
constructing or repairing homes to specifically house the
elderly or disabled will be granted special tax concessions.
this journey, we have sought to capture those critical areas
of life and to address the needs of our most vulnerable groups
in society as well as those who can fend for themselves.
that the development of our human capital is our nation's
highest priority. As such we have outlined those initiatives
that touch peoples' lives - from the cradle to the grave.
impulse of the Democratic Labour Party is to ensure the sound,
orderly and rapid development of Barbados and its people in
the shortest possible time. We believe that whenever we have
earned the trust of the people we have delivered.
invite you to turn to our policy pages where we outline fully,
how we intend to develop our key sectors as we seek to deliver A Fair Share For All.
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