The folowing article outlines the Free Utilities for Seniors Programme being implemented by the governement.
FREE UTILITY SERVICES FOR SENIORS
The Nevis Island Administration through its Ministry of Social Development has launched a new initiative to benefit senior citizens. The first phase of this initiative was launched on 14th October 2013 at the Customer Service Division of the Nevis Electricity Company (NEVLEC).
Page 44 of the 2011 Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) manifesto states: “The CCM in Government shall provide free electricity and water service to all person over 65 years old living on their own with a fixed income”.
The free utilities initiative for the elderly will be implemented in three phases. Phase I will be seniors 80 years and over. Phase II will be seniors 70 to 79 years, and Phase III for persons over 65 years up to age 69. The second and third phases will be launched in November and December respectively.
To be eligible for free water and electricity, an assessment is conducted by the Senior Citizens Services Division at the Social Services Department. Once a senior qualifies for assistance then this information will be communicated to all relevant parties.
The general public should be aware that this initiative is a work in progress. Efforts are now being made to “fine tune’’ this programme to prevent or at least minimize abuse.
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