During the 2018/2019 financial year, the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) disbursed $5.3 billion to more than 130,000 families or 340,000 beneficiaries. She also informed that since June 2019, PATH benefit levels were increased by an average of 17 per cent, and in September 2018, the Ministry introduced the PATH back-to-school grant for each child registered in school. This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 9. During the 2018/2019 financial year, the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) disbursed $5.3 billion to more than 130,000 families or 340,000 beneficiaries.This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 9.She also informed that since June 2019, PATH benefit levels were increased by an average of 17 per cent, and in September 2018, the Ministry introduced the PATH back-to-school grant for each child registered in school.“This grant will continue with over $500 million projected to be spent in the 2019/20 financial year. As promised last year, we will facilitate direct electronic transfers of benefit payments, commencing with the August 2019 payment,” Mrs. Robinson said.She noted that this will represent a saving on both sides as well as being more discreet and convenient for the families.Meanwhile, under the Steps to Work Programme, the Ministry continues to support the entrepreneurial activities of PATH clients, in order to provide a platform for families to move towards economic independence.Mrs. Robinson said for this financial year, Steps to Work will target 800 PATH households to benefit from upskilling initiatives, and another 600 for on-the-job training.Additionally, under this programme, a further 1,100 PATH clients will receive financial support to establish micro businesses.“Our aim is to ultimately remove these persons from the programme who no longer qualify for benefits. The on-the-job training is intended to ensure their financial and social stability. If you don’t put them in this position of independence, then they will again become dependent on the State for social protection,” the Minister said.In the meantime, the PATH Programme, in its continued commitment to improving the quality of life for its clients, hosted sessions on nutrition, child discipline and budgeting.The programme, which started in 2017, has since engaged 955 households in the parenting programme. This year, the programme intends to engage a further 500 PATH families targeting parents of children aged two to six years. Story Highlights
Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze in a 20-storey apartment block in Lewisham in south London early on Thursday.Around 150 people left the building in Elmira Street as eight fire engines were called to the fire on the 13th floor of the block at 4.14am.Almost two hours later, the London Fire Brigade said the blaze, which had broken out on the balcony of the flat, was under control. The London Fire Brigade said a sprinkler system was activated and suppressed the fire, as 16 999 calls were made about the blaze.Nearly 60 firefighters attended the scene and the cause of the fire was being investigated.Crews from Lee Green, Deptford, New Cross, Forest Hill and Lewisham were among those that tackled the fire, the London Fire Brigade said. “Woken up by the sound of London Fire Brigade trucks,” said one witness on Twitter. “There is a nasty fire in a new build, Roma Corte, in #Lewisham. People have evacuated to nearby Cormill Gardens. Get out if you haven’t. Hope everyone is safe! ” Fire in #RomaCorte building #Lewisham and no fire alarm was set off. Instead get woken up to the sound of people screaming there was a fire. Horrible! pic.twitter.com/IUi5VNb7FC— Yusif Ali (@yusif0ali) June 14, 2018 The fire happened on the one-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy that killed 71 people. Tower on fire at Lewisham 😩 #fire #lewisham #romacorte #london pic.twitter.com/blytNWiV87— Gasp (@Lunacyfer) June 14, 2018 Ambulance crews and police also attended the scene.Pictures from the scene posted by the London Ambulance Service showed a number of emergency vehicles outside the block. The fire on the 13th floor of a building in LewishamCredit:@yusif0ali/PA The A20 Loampit Vale was closed between Jerrard St and Molesworth St as they tackled the fire. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.