Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Andrew Holness continued to go in on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. This time he slammed her poverty record. He accused her administration of “swelling the ranks of the poor since it took office in January 2012,” Nationwide Radio JM reports.
The poverty rate has more than doubled under Portia’s watch since 2007 when the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) lost the election. It was 9.9 percent at that time.
Holness accused the government of paying “lip service to those worst equipped to handle these tough economic times,” as more and more Jamaicans fall below the poverty line, Nationwide Radio JM reports.
The poverty rate was 19.9 percent for 2012, the Survey of Living Conditions for 2012 reported in 2015. This comes as a Unite Nations report found more Jamaicans were undernourished than ever before.
Is this what Portia calls a record of accomplishment? A 19.9 percent poverty rate?