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St. Vincent & Grenadine: Leaked report paints grim picture of poverty in SVG

The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), on Wednesday, circulated to the media a leaked copy of the 2018 poverty assessment, which shows that between 2008 and 2018, poverty in St. Vincent and the Grenadines had moved from 30.2% to 36.1% of the population.

What’s more, the indigence level had moved from 2.9% to 11.3% in the country of 110,000 people.

Further, 45.4% of the population were at risk of sliding into poverty, down from 48.2% a decade earlier, the only category in which there was favourable movement.

The report shows that the nation’s rich are getting richer even as the poor decline into further poverty and that the wages that the government pays to some categories of workers, including Youth Empowerment Services (YES) staff, were below the poverty line.

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