Sunday 31 May, 2020

BL&P contributes $100,000 to Welfare Department amidst COVID-19 crisis

More Barbadian businesses are making donations to assist with the financial pressures on the island, including the Barbados Light and Power Company (BL&P).

The utility company announced recently via social media that they will be contributing $100,000 to the Welfare Department in order for them to increase their assistance to families in need during this period.

The caption for the post read:

"#BLPC recognizes that some of our most vulnerable in society will experience the greatest impact during this pandemic period.
One way which we have decided to show our support is by making a $100,000 contribution to the Welfare Department so that they can increase their assistance to families in need during this period."


In four days time, the IG post has amassed close to 400 likes with many people thanking the service provider. However, amongst the comments saying, 'Fantastic', 'Thank you' and 'Kudo' along with applause emojis, one person commented:

"Well thanks to the power that be for making this happen but I hope and pray that the families who REALLY NEED gets [sic] some of the funds and not these workers in welfare families and friends..."

This donation follows a report from the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, who previously stated that the government has launched a $20 million-dollar Household Survival Programme. With this programme approximately 1,500 vulnerable families identified by the Household Litigation Unit and Welfare Department will receive $600 monthly. 

Along with this Programme, the government has also implemented a Jobs, Investment and Business Survival Programme. Through this initiative, businesses who have had to stop all business transactions resulting from the virus will receive investment from the government to renovate and upgrade for the re-opening of their businesses. 

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