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Another strong call has been made for a reduction in the vat rate here, as St Lucians continue to grapple with sharp increases in the cost of living.

Ms Mary Francis made the pronouncement on the occasion of World Human Rights Day in light of what she calls the deleterious effect of vat on the ability of many St Lucians to meet their financial obligations.

She says in addition to the challenges posed by the effects of the economic crisis the government imposed levy continues to force several local businesses into closure and more St Lucians into poverty.

Ms Francis is of the view that unless St Lucians begin to collectively demonstrate against what she calls social injustice, there will be no change.

World Human Rights Day was observed on December 10th.
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