$6M granted for Linden Legal Aid Centre

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Legal-Assistance-for-the-Poor[www.inewsguyana.com] – Cabinet has ordered a review of all legal aid centres across the country to ensure that they are rightly addressing the needs of the poor and the vulnerable. This was revealed by Minister of State within the Ministry of Presidency Joseph Harmon, at his weekly post-Cabinet briefing on Wednesday.

Minister Harmon also informed the media that following “a very spirited representation” made by Minister of Social Protection, Cabinet has also approved the sum of $6.350M as support for the Linden Legal Aid Centre. He explained that the sum will cover the operations of the Centre for the remainder of 2015.

Cabinet has also approved the inclusion of the Linden Legal Aid Centre as a subvention agency, Minister Harmon said.

In June, following a meeting with the workers within the Ministry of Social Protection’s Departments in Linden, Minister of Social Protection Volda Lawrence had spoken with the Government Information Agency (GINA) on the meeting’s success.

One of the reasons the Minister had indicated for this success was that she was fortunate to meet with members of the former Legal Aid Committee and was given the good news that they were able to locate a building, and with the furniture that they received from the Ministry sometime back, would be re-opening their doors.

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