Secretary General of Parliament Nancy Guishard-Joubert and Silveria Jacobs.
PHILIPSBURG–Silveria Jacobs on Monday submitted a law amendment to the Budget 2019, as her last act as a Member of Parliament (MP) before taking the oath as Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs on Tuesday.
In the 2019 Budget, cuts are made in after-school programmes, amongst other youth programmes. The budget also reflects cuts in funds for community centres and the youth detention centre. This did not sit well with MP Jacobs as she is a firm believer that the youth should be taken care of and offered facilities of a high calibre, in which they can grow and develop their academic skills, it was stated in a press release. Because of this, Jacobs brought forward a law amendment to the 2019 Budget law.
Jacobs’ initiative law proposes changes to the regular service expenditure aimed at increasing funding for the implementation of youth and social programmes.
She considers it “very important” that extra funds be made available to have the community school programme at public schools, where the most vulnerable children and youths are located. As a result of this proposal, there will be more opportunities for these children to have a positive influence after school in a protected environment.
It is her desire that these changes be incorporated into Budget 2020 as well so that much-needed funds can continue to go towards youth-oriented programmes and other vulnerable persons in our community who need it most, the release said.
Jacobs thanked Garrick Richardson for his assistance during the process.