Minister of Social Development, Frederick Stephenson says the Government has embarked on a program to Increase the Public Assistance paid to needy Vincentians.

Contributing to debate on the 2016 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, Minister Stephenson said the increases were reflected in the first payments for the year.

Minister Stephenson said this year the Ministry of Social Development will also be employing an additional five hundred young people on the Youth Empowerment Service, as well as one hundred more young persons in the Home Care for the Elderly program.

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