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Help people in 'a meaningful way' to get back in a place to live- Hon Fraser

December 30th, 2017 | Tags: Assistance HOA Julian Fraser hurricane Irma recovery
Opposition Member Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) has urged the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government to do more to help persons severely affected by the hurricanes of September 2017. Photo: VINO
An apartment in Cane Garden Bay that was damaged by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, causing persons to be displaced. Photo: VINO
An apartment in Cane Garden Bay that was damaged by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, causing persons to be displaced. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Member of the Opposition and former Minister of Government Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) has urged the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government to do more to reach out to home owners and families that would require direct government intervention in order to sustain themselves.

Thousands of persons lost heavily due to the hurricanes, with many rendered homeless, while some even lost their jobs. Government had responded to the plight of some by reducing duty on building materials and other items; however, many lack the finance to benefit from the duty being relaxed.

“I heard that Social Development has identified 130 something people/ houses to assist. Well, that is a small percentage of the number of people that needs to be assisted,” Hon Fraser said in his address in the last House of Assembly (HoA) on December 20, 2017.

Hon Fraser also made mention of a young woman who was reportedly found to be living under a tarpaulin in his district, adding that he wanted people to get an idea of what some persons have been going through since the hurricanes.

Involve yourself in a meaningful way

In a direct message to the government, Hon Fraser said, “If we are going to be the government the people elect, not the government you want to be but the government the people expect you to be, they elected you to lookout for their wellbeing. You better be sure to understand that you are going to have to involve yourselves, engage yourself in a meaningful way in getting people back in a place to live.”

He further explained that it will not be an easy task, especially when considering that it is heavily dependent on the honesty of the persons applying for assistance. “How do you discern the level of honesty as to what they are going to do with the assistance when they get it?” he said.

Another difficulty Hon Fraser identified is in the principle of what he called Matching Funds, where persons would still have to find a portion of the money to complete their rebuilding. He said it is possible that persons will just spend the portion the government gives, leaving the portion that was to be covered by their funds undone.

Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) said in the same HoA Sitting that residents will have access to loans from a $15M fund allocated by government to assist home owners. He explained that the neediest will be looked at first and, "It's not going to be all grants, there has got to be a way that you can afford to pay back something.”

Government has also released the draft Recovery and Development Plan, listing that Human and Social Services needs some $136,493,600, the third largest amount in the plan. It is preceded by business and economy with $262,950,000 and infrastructure with $216,210,000. Governance- $79,669,920 and natural resources and climate change- $25,981,000 followed.

10 Responses to “Help people in 'a meaningful way' to get back in a place to live- Hon Fraser”

  • 1 (30/12/2017, 13:08) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    now he making sense
  • NDP voter (30/12/2017, 14:04) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    That much is obvious, that Fraser should have been Chief at least we would have gotten transparency and leadership!
  • pat (30/12/2017, 14:27) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The question is why Tortola government in our social security money but they building houses
  • Just Woke (30/12/2017, 20:20) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    We need Frazer in Labour and communication. A serious no nonsense person that cares about locals. Right now we getting too much knock a bout...
    • Yes (31/12/2017, 12:02) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      He was Minister of both subjects before and if he was that good we wouldnt have the issues we have now.
  • Hmmm (30/12/2017, 20:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    A lot of ppl needs help but i dont think they want to ask because of the local and expat thing right now. A lot of ppl lost their roof but they cannot apply for help because the house is not theirs they were renting all their stuff inside was lost how will they be able buy back everything children lost everything but what did the govt did for them.... nothing especially those with expat parents. Insured homes will get insurance but what about all the stuff inside the house...a lot of ppl who did not lost anything get more help than those that need. I hope all the ministers can identify the ppl in their respective district who lost everything and help them.
    • @Hmmmm. sounda good (31/12/2017, 05:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They only concern about those that can vote.. They know who can and who can't. They know who for them and who against them.. Its an ungodly Devil phylosophy system...
  • barbie (31/12/2017, 11:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    Suggestion for those who renting. Please buy Renter’s Insurance if you can. If not, try to insure your most valuables such as fridge, stove, computers and any items purchase over $1000.00 dollars. This will give you and others some assistance in replacing items lost in disaster or from thief.
  • silvergirl (01/01/2018, 17:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon. Fraser had me until he started questioning whether or not people would use the money appropriately. That burns me up. Those with the worst track records are the big companies that get tax credits and other incentives, and then don't pass those savings on to the little guy on the street. So WHAT if someone doesn't put the money exactly where you THINK they should put it. It's THEIR choice, Hon. Fraser -- not mine, not yours. Don't even try to create more doubt about helping these people.
  • Hmm (02/01/2018, 14:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell this to the landlords Mista Fraser. Some wicked wicked people in the BVI. Irma thought us nothing?

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