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St. Vincent & Grenadines: 23,000 Vincies expected to receive cash from $117m volcano relief budget

Parliament, on Tuesday, approved EC$117 million for response to the humanitarian situation that has resulted from the eruption of La Soufriere volcano last month. 

“… we are talking about roughly 23,000 Vincentians receiving some form of direct cash support from this government in the coming months,” Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves said in presenting the fiscal package.

“That is a comprehensive and compassionate response to the twin challenges of COVID and La Soufriere, an unprecedented expansion of the state’s social protection apparatus,” Gonsalves said.

“Even amidst these challenges, we’re managing to directly touch well over one-fifth of our population with income and social supports. And despite our challenges, we are proud of the breadth of our support and the depth of our commitment to our citizens in their time of need.”

He said that from that EC$117.9 million, the government has crafted in the supplementary estimates 30 distinct and immediate responses to the most pressing demands of the catastrophe.

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