Indigent persons across Jamaica are to receive additional support from municipal corporations, through a $90 million allocation from the Ministry of Local Government.
Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie told a news conference on Thursday morning that the money would only be available after each person is assessed.
He was careful to point out that cash would not be handed directly to the individual councillors or corporations.
"This money will not be in the local authority's account. It will be retained in the ministry and once the Poor Relief Department and those who have responsibility for doing the assessment are satisfied, then those funds will be released so that the purpose that it was established for will be truly realised," Mr. McKenzie declared.
In the meantime, the local government minister said the Poor Relief Department will also be responsible for handling and distributing education grants to councillors and municipal corporations.
He said arrangements are being made to finalise the programme for implementation in the new school year.
The minister made the announcement in his sectoral presentation in Parliament on Wednesday.