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Assistance grants snatched from elected leaders for good?

It seems elected leaders will never get the chance to distribute social assistance grants in the future, as the government is currently working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to develop a Social Protection law in the Virgin Islands.

UNICEF and the government put out a public notice, which states that they are seeking a consultant to lead the development and introduction of the new law.

In addition to leading the development of the new bill, the consultant will be required to develop an analysis report of the existing legislative framework for social protection in the BVI, including strengths, weaknesses and recommendations for strengthening a universal approach to social protection.

Elected leaders once had the ability to hand out various social assistance grants to their constituents. But the 2022 Commission of Inquiry report recommended that the process for such grants be revisited as there were instances of mismanagement and abuse by elected leaders over the years.

Auditor General Sonia Webster later did an audit of the COVID-19 Assistance Grants, which concluded that there was a general lack of adherence to all the programme’s guidelines and in many cases, grants were given even though there was no evidence of need or that issues were brought on by the effects of COVID-19.

The audit also noted that “the management of all assistance grants should remain within the remit of the Social Development Department.

Since the removal of grants from under the purview of elected leaders, they’ve called for the process to revert to its original form, saying they are unable to assist their constituents who often need immediate resources to solve their problems.


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  1. resident says:

    good, this was a form of corruption it needed to end

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  2. Good says:

    Lets use globally accepted standards as opposed to subjective financial stipends to influence vote counting..

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  4. Finally says:

    One CoI recommendation completed. Only 40 more to go!

  5. Now Sah says:

    Dem went on like hog wid soursop during the COVID 19
    like it was the end of the world. See how things backfire on them backside. Wutliss wicked shameless set.

  6. AMEN says:

    Now cronyism, familyism
    Ha ha
    All contributed to where we are today and no one wants to take the blame pushing off all on UK

  7. VI Islander. says:

    Please I am Begging whomever is responsible PLEASE DO NOT put back this Money in the Hands of Elected Representatives. Pure Thieves some of them. This is one thing I will March against. Pure Thieves some of them. Brokes before being elected and Rich over night after being elected..

  8. BuzzBvi says:

    They want to revert because without it they can’t bung money to friends and use it to influence people for votes.

  9. Good Move says:

    Great, the grants should have never been placed there in the first place. Decision making is too subjective and rife with corruption. Now put a qualifying system in place, so that those with real needs are helped, not just the families and friends of politicians.

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