2018 General Election: FLP promises to deal with issues of informal settlements

Fiji Labour Party parliamentary leader Aman Ravindra-Singh. Picture: FT FILE

THE Fiji Labour Party (FLP) believes there are few factors contributing to the increasing numbers of informal settlements around the country.

Party parliamentary leader Aman Ravindra-Singh said FLP would deal with the problems with informal settlement by providing a secure land tenure and making sure the Housing Authority of Fiji followed its original objective, which was to provide cheaper housing for low-income earners.

“In the last 10 years, we have seen many informal settlements springing up around the country. One of the factors includes the lack of employment opportunities because we have seen a mass migration from Vanua Levu to Viti Levu,” Mr Ravindra-Singh claimed.

“Many of these people have settled between the Suva and Nausori corridor and others have settled in various parts of Fiji.” He claimed the lack of affordability of low-income land and homes were also contributing factors.

“High rate of inflation and high rate of cost of living are the other two factors contributing to the levels of poverty in the country. This now has contributed to over 350,000 to 400,000 people living below the poverty line in the country.”

He said one of the ways FLP would combat this issue would be to include the introduction of the minimum wage of $3.50 per hour.

“This would be followed by the reduction of VAT on basic food items and this will be also in conjunction with job creation. If you can have more people in the employment sector, then there will be less people in informal settlements because they will be able to afford better living.”

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