The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The United Work­ers Party hails its Christ­mas ham­per drive a re­sound­ing suc­cess and has re­newed calls for rad­i­cal pol­icy shifts to al­le­vi­ate poverty. Over one thou­sand fam­i­lies were im­pacted by the party’s ini­tia­tive to give re­lief for Christ­mas and UWP Leader Allen Chas­tanet be­lieves that the need for re­lief is great. He pointed out that the high lev­els of poverty af­flict­ing many fam­i­lies are re­flec­tive of a per­ilous eco­nomic state.

“The slug­gish eco­nomic per­for­mance over the last four years is strongly felt in the lives of fam­i­lies at all in­come lev­els so some­thing has to be done fast to ease their heavy bur­den. This gov­ern­ment has so far failed the peo­ple of St. Lucia and has failed to bring about hope,” Chas­tanet opined.

Chas­tanet be­lieves that there is no in­di­ca­tion that the New Year will be any bet­ter since gov­ern­ment has an av­er­age eco­nomic growth rate of be­low zero for its four year ten­ure. He also raises se­ri­ous con­cerns over the suc­cess of the Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment Pro­gramme which seeks to at­tract for­eign in­vest­ment to the coun­try.

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