Posted: Friday, May 26, 2023. 4:31 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: It has been about six weeks since former foster mother at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center, 53-year-old Desiree Meggs, has come public with her story of foot-dragging among the Government to clear her pension and gratuity earned after being declared unfit for work two years ago, having suddenly lost her sight.
At the time, Minister of Human Development, Families, and Indigenous People’s Affairs Dolores Balderamos-Garcia had promised the matter would be resolved in a week or so, but bureaucracy continued to grind while the Government pointed fingers.
Happily, the matter is almost resolved as revealed by the Minister during an interview on Thursday: “I think the only that thing is left therein, that is balanced, is for the letter to go to the Tax Department to see if the taxes were paid.”
An immediate ex gratia payment was made to Meggs in the days following the television report, and now she is just about cleared for her gratuity and pension, which she must decide whether will be paid by lump sum or a reduced pension paid in a monthly format.
“She needs it now, she absolutely [needs it.] I have spoken with her; she is pleased [with] the situation and within another week her money should go to her,” the Minister concluded.
Meggs suffers from both hypertension and diabetes and needs urgent surgery for her right eye.
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