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Another cycle of the Short Term Employment Programme (STEP) commenced on Monday, this week, in all seventeen constituencies here.

For one week, two thousand, three hundred and twenty five (2,325) persons will engage in beautification and de-bushing works in communities around the island.

It is expected that this cycle will provide much needed assistance to poor households who are currently struggling to meet monthly expenses and are preparing their children for the September 2013 school year.

According to a statement from the Press Secretary, a deliberate effort has been made to engage single parents, who have never been employed under the programme before.

The statement adds that STEP, along with the $500 bursary to students at the Common Entrance level, are two programmes designed to provide financial assistance in time for the September 2 start of the 2013 school year.

In addition, the Government of Saint Lucia continues to support the School Transportation Subsidy Programme, the School Feeding Programme as well as the Book Bursary/Rental Scheme.

STEP was re-instated by the Saint Lucia Labour Party Administration, immediately after the 2011 General Elections and is administered in five cycles.

Meanwhile, nearly 150 participants in the program throughout the  Babonneau constituency have underwent a training exercise conducted by the Environmental health department.

Mr.Ronald Hewitt, Senior Environmental Health Officer and Babonneau MP Alvina Reynolds impressed upon the workers the need to use the STEP programme as a means to beautify and create a healthier community.

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