30 Per Cent Increase in PATH Benefits

PATH Benefits Highlights

The Government has raised benefits under the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH benefits) by 30 per cent. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the increase in the PATH benefits will also move the base benefit from $400 to $600 per child each month.

PATH is the Government’s flagship social intervention initiative, which is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the most needy and vulnerable in the society.


The Government has raised benefits under the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) by 30 per cent.

This follows Cabinet’s approval of increases in the 2017/18 benefit rates, which came into effect on June 1. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the increase will also move the base benefit from $400 to $600 per child each month. He was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (June 28).

Senator Reid informed that a revised graduation strategy is to be implemented for PATH, which will require reapplication, and the replacement of mass recertification. The graduation strategy targets PATH beneficiaries, who are deemed able to sustain themselves and can therefore exit the programme.

Additionally, starting in 2017, PATH families will be required to reapply after three and a half years of participation. Persons eligible for the programme after recertification will continue to receive cash grants. PATH is the Government’s flagship social intervention initiative, which is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the most needy and vulnerable in the society.

How does one qualify for PATH Benefits?

To qualify for PATH, an applicant must satisfy the eligibility criteria of the Programme that he/she is a member of a poor family. This is done through the application of a Proxy Means Test. The applicant is interviewed and an application is completed with the help of Ministry personnel.

The applicant is asked to provide personal data pertaining to his/her family, including levels of education attained, and the family’s access to basic social amenities. On the basis of the information submitted and the application of the electronic Beneficiary Identification System (BIS), families who meet the established criteria are selected. Information provided at the interview is later verified by a home visit, after which qualified applicants are registered to begin receiving payments.

 

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30 Per Cent Increase in PATH Benefits
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30 Per Cent Increase in PATH Benefits
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The Government of Jamaica has raised PATH benefits by 30% according to the Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Hon Ruel Reid