Education and training received the largest allocation in the 2020 National Budget, $7.548 billion, followed by National Security $6.440 billion. This has been the distribution pattern in past budgets. Finance Minister Colm Imbert presented the budget, themed Stability, Strength and Growth last Monday in the Parliament chamber.
According to the ‘Social Sector Investment Programme’ budget document, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is listed as receiving a subvention of $2,896,800 payable 2018 and 2019. However, there was no estimate of expenditure listed for 2020.
In a release, the SSVP stated in 2018–2019 it continued to receive funding in tranches and though not always timely, “the Society is cognisant that the country is in a financial pinch and had no choice but to dig deep and be creative to ensure those under our charge were adequately taken care of”.