poverty implies that individuals and groups are in a state
that is undesirable and in need of help. As policy makers,
we recognize the difficulty of defining and measuring poverty.
However, these concerns will not affect our passion to ultimately
that poverty is relative and eradication is possible, but
for it to have meaning, Barbadians must believe that it is
possible. It is common to hear "the poor will always
be with us" and many quote the "good book"
to illustrate the point. This attitude is indicative of a
feeling by the general public that the Barbadian society reflects
structural imbalances that the politicians are reluctant to
that every human being deserves a decent standard of living
- shelter, food and care. Some may have more than others,
but the basic human rights of every individual must be met.
eradication programme will have as its ambition, the provision
of assistance that seeks to move the individual or group to
a position of self-reliance.
Eradication is long term and requires political will and foresight.
It can only be achieved by changing social and economic relations.
It requires social engineering that will seek to distribute
the wealth and resources of our country more along the lines
of A FAIR SHARE FOR ALL.
and improve houses for the disadvantaged, especially the
house loans to low-income earners.
the policy on arrears (house rent, water and land tax) for
the very poor.
loans for small traders.
allowance for school uniforms.
a subsidy for primary school books.
financial assistance through the National Assistance Board
to the disabled and other disadvantaged persons.
Homes for the Homeless.
all departments that impact on the social services under the
Ministry of Family & Social Care.
policies for self-development outlined throughout this document
are designed to move persons from being dependent to a level
increase the job opportunities through our many creative tax
policies and our small business development strategies. (See
our Small Business Section/Vending)
A FAIR SHARE FOR WOMEN
Labour Party is aware that women have the greatest power to
determine Barbados in the future, and that most Barbadian
families are headed by single women. We further believe that
women's rights are human rights and not women's issues only.
to women is demonstrated by the fact that while in office
we introduced a number of measures to better the lives of
implemented equal pay for equal work in the public service.
introduced maternity and sickness benefits under the National
the Succession Act enabling partners and children in common
law relationships to inherit property.
a Domestic Violence Act.
a Sexual Offences Act.
paid leave passage for female employees in the public service.
public awareness about violence against women and initiate
a zero tolerance policy on domestic violence.
economic ventures by women to promote self-help and employment.
Example: Remove the VAT on Sewing Machines.
marketing and other incentives for cottage industries to
move them on par with other manufacturing concerns.
for rape cases and those of incest to be heard in-camera.
To be fair to all parties, identities will be protected
until the case ends.
a National rehabilitation center to provide counseling for
families in crisis as a result of domestic violence, abuse,
sexual assault and rape.
a childcare subsidy of $500 for single parent families,
the majority of which are headed by women.
a policy of childcare facilities at all large government
office buildings and industrial estates.
new arrangements for the collection of maintenance payments,
which would accord the dignity due to our women.
the staffing at the Bureau of Gender Affairs to offer more
outreach programmes to our young women who may be going
the minimum wage for domestic helpers from $1.50 per hour
under our minimum wage legislation package.
the legislation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, an
issue which has devastating and degrading implications for
the social, economic and psycholigical well being og women
in particular, but some men as well.
pay: Enact legislation for:
(a) Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value for all workers including
the provate sector.
that the educational system continues to facilitate the
national goals of equality, equity and non-discrimination
between men and women, boys and girls, and will be directly
linked to the national policy of non-discrimination.
Labour Party believes that if we are to rescue Barbados from
the moral decay now engulfing our country, women will have
to play a major role in this social renewal. We believe with
your help we can achieve this objective.
Policy demonstrates our commitment to all young people and
their importance in national development.
aware that alienation, hopelessness and the inability to participate
in the decision making process are some of the chief deterrents
to the normal and progressive development of the youth.
is intended to address the malaise that now impacts on a large
section of the population and manifests itself in the growing
drug culture, and deviant behaviour.
we will have programmes and activities geared specifically
to the Youth, it is our intention that young people become
an integral part of the village life concept and play their
part in the evolution of society.
micro loans for the creation of enterprises among the youth
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
a $20 million RESTART programme that will seek to reintegrate
the marginalized youth into the mainstream of society.
a disciplinary unit within the Ministry of Education - trained
in counseling and sociology- to work with students who may
run afoul of the law.
Students' Councils to play a greater role in enhancing relations
between students and staff.
students to have representation on School Boards.
Youth Representatives places on Statutory Boards.
will create the National Independence Youth Awards so as
to recognize the contribution and accomplishments of our
positive role models to build a sense of identity, encourage
responsibility and build self-esteem in young people, through
local and image-building programmes on television.
conflict resolution among the youth.
more community activities and business ventures for the
culture and sports as empowerment tools for the youth, through
new cultural industries.
EMPOWERMENT OF THE DISABLED
other group in society, we see the disabled as important members
who have special challenges and needs.
policy is designed to ensure that persons with disabilities
enjoy the highest quality of life, and benefit from all services
offered by the State. Our policy will ensure that such persons
will get their fair share.
all workers who earn below $250 a week receive $500 as a VAT
annually. Since pensioners and the disabled also pay VAT we
unemployed disabled persons receiving $250 or less per week
will benefit from a subsidy of $360 annually similar to
the reverse tax credit (VAT rebate).
the allowance given to the disabled.
will also provide:
allowances for renovations to homes specially equipped for
free access for vehicles specially equipped for the disabled.
will consult the disabled on any matters, which affect them.
all legislation, which discriminates against the disabled.
the visually impaired to vote, by providing ballots in Braille.
that the disabled have access to all government buildings,
as well as to toilet and other facilities.
that the Courts and legal system are staffed and equipped
to cater to the needs of persons with disabilities.
and promote a programme of public education, which is intended
to inform the public about the special needs of the disabled.
and ratify conventions, which have provisions for the disabled.
and reorganize the employment registration, counseling and
placement seminars for disabled persons at the National
incentives to private sector companies that employ the disabled.
top priority to the transportation needs of persons with
bus passes irrespective of age.
will pay authorized wheel chair carrying taxis for the transportation
of persons with disabilities.
specially equipped buses for public sector agencies, which
service the disabled.
a specific percentage of National Assistant Board and National
Housing Corporation Units for the disabled.
the elderly as resource persons for our national development.
In every generation, the elderly play a significant role in
sustaining the continuity of our national identity and laying
the foundation for national development.
the efforts and struggles of all older persons who have had
the task of sustaining our families, shaping our nation, and
handing over the future of our country to younger members
of our Barbadian family.
life long learning and create opportunities for the elderly
to participate at every level of the development of Barbados.
the knowledge of the elderly in educating the youth about
indigenous Barbadian culture.
District Hospitals and rename them Centers for the Elderly.
more persons in the area of gerontology.
a preventative blindness programme, especially at Geriatric
all workers who earn below $250 a week receive $500 as a VAT
annually called the reverse tax credit. Since pensioners and
the disabled also pay VAT we propose that:
pensioners receiving $250 or less per week will benefit
from a subsidy of $360 annually similar to the reverse tax
credit (VAT rebate).
pensions will be tax-free again, while a $30,000 allowance
will apply to all other pensions.
will establish a minimum pension threshold for all those
receiving government related pensions - no Barbadian pensioner
should be receiving less than $500 per month.
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.
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 retirement and financial planning services
through our JUMPSTART adult education programme.
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.
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