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Students on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education, PATH, are to receive one-off grants as part of additional social support totalling $1.8 billion.

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke made the announcement in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon.

The support comes as the nation continues to struggle with higher cost of living which has hit the most vulnerable particularly hard.

The finance minister also announced another $550 million will be spent in General Welfare Support for non-PATH beneficiaries.

Seven-hundred and fifty million dollars will also be spent for Independence Clean-Up of Parish Capitals of which $550 million will be allocated to the National Solid Waste Management Authority.

The remaining $189 million will be spent through Members of Parliament via the Constituency Development Fund.

One-hundred and fifty million dollars will be allocated for the trucking of water under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.

And pensioners at the lower end of the income ladder are also to receive support valued at $550 million.

Dr. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service.

The finance minister says the additional support will total approximately three point-8 billion dollars of which 2-point-7 billion dollars is additional expenditure.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Mark Golding welcomed the additional expenditure from the government.

He says while the government could do more it’s a step in the right direction.

Mark Golding, Leader of the Opposition.

He was speaking in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon.