Poverty is increasing in St Vincent and the Grenadines so says leader of the opposition Dr Godwin Friday, Friday in a press conference on Wednesday 28th October.
The opposition leader is calling on the government to complete the assessment and report to the nation the findings.
Friday says base on the information obtained by the NDP there are more people living in poverty and more persons have fallen into abject poverty over the past 10 years.
Poverty he says is now over 36 per cent according to information obtained by the party.
MP Daniel Cummings says the government has prohibited the team that was commissioned to deliver the report from completing and publishing it.
He noted that according to the report the per cent of the population which has fallen below the poverty line is now 36.1 up from 30.2 in the 2008 report.
Indigence level is now 11.9 per cent or well over 12,000 living in abject poverty.
According to Cummings, the information showed these key findings.
Key Findings 2018
- The monthly poverty and indigence line was estimated at $546 and $262 respectively.
- 36.1 per cent of the population was poor and 11.3 per cent indigent.
- The indigent population was about 12,421 residents.
- The majority of the poor and indigent reside in rural communities, but urban poor is also present.
- Inequality was 48.5 per cent. There were higher levels of inequality in urban areas.
- Women comprised a larger share of the poor population.
- Among women, the headcount rate was 41.6 per cent,10.4 percentage points higher than the male headcount rate of 31.2 %.
- Poverty Headcount Rate increased with household size, ranging from 5 per cent in single-person households up to 77 per cent in a household with 7 or more persons.
- Children are more at risk of being in poverty.
- Poverty headcount decreases with higher educational attainment. Poverty headcount ranged from 40.2 per cent among those with primary education or less to 1.8 per cent among those with university-level education.
- Among the employed, Poverty Headcount was 25.2 per cent. Poverty Headcount Rate among the unemployed was 46.2 per cent.
- The working poor were less likely to be employers (self-employed with employees) and more likely to be private employees (mainly domestic workers, construction & farm labourers etc.)
- The working poor is mainly engaged in industries such as:
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing • Farmers & farm labourers
• Construction labourers
- Wholesale and Retail Trade • Cashiers