Re. 2017 BARP Manifesto Proposals
In accordance with the mission of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons Inc. (BARP) to be
an outstanding leader in championing the well-being of all 50 plus people in Barbados, we are
submitting a set of Proposals to each political party for inclusion in their respective party manifesto.
The attached submission is the outcome of a consultation we convened with a cross-section of our membership and consists of areas of concerns and corresponding proposals which our members believe should form part of any policy making processes, initiatives and programmes going forward. The proposals encompass the following:
- The high level of taxation, especially with the introduction of the National Social Responsibility Levy, which has increased the cost of living of all Barbadians and has placed a heavier burden on pensioners in meeting their daily needs.
- The ravages of Non Communicable Diseases and the associated high costs of healthcare financing which the country faces.
- The slow implementation of policies and lack of requisite infrastructure which will prepare Barbados for the realities of an aging population given the projections that one in every eight Barbadians will be aged 67 years or over during the term of the next Government.
- The absence of a comprehensive anti-corruption policy.
We trust that our recommendations are deemed favourable by the members of your political party. Should you require clarification on any aspect of our submission, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.
Barbados Association of Retired Persons Inc.
Elsa C. Webster