21 Jun 2006

Fiji government doubles payments to destitute families

9:34 am on 21 June 2006

The Fiji cabinet has decided to double the minimum family assistance allowance paid out to destitutes in line with an election promise made by the ruling SDL last month.

The allowance will go up from 17-dollars-50 cents US a month to 35-US dollars from the 1st of July.

The maximum allowance paid to a needy family would still remain at 58-US dollars a month.

The minister for social welfare, George Shiu Raj, says the increase would benefit nearly 17,500 families and would cost the government an extra 1-point-3 million US dollars a year.