Achievements

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The Transformation of a Nation

The first cornerstones of nation building were set firmly by the Barbados Labour Party, (BLP), with the establishment of the nation’s first political and workers’ institutions and the right to vote.

These have been followed by legendary accomplishments each and every time our Party has been the government, transforming every aspect of the nation in a comprehensive exercise that led to Barbados being regarded more of a developed state than a developing one and engendering a pride in country equally important to nation building.

In fact, even in Opposition our Party has fought – and won – a number of battles on behalf of the people; one of the most significant in its history being the securing of the so-called “sugar windfall” – a surplus in sugar profits at a time when sugar production was the dominant economic activity and most of the island involved in its
production.

This listing is by no means exhaustive, but includes the most influential and decisive steps taken by our Party, through legislation, taxation, other policies and projects, that have forever moved Barbados from abject poverty to a widely admired society.

Indeed, many have been giant leaps – crafted with such thought and executed so efficiently that decades after being introduced, they are still regarded as innovative and, essentially so, still affecting the lives of Barbadians for the better.

  • Barbados’ first political party
  • Barbados Workers Union, (BWU), Barbados’ first workers’ union
  • The right to vote – Universal Adult Suffrage
  • First woman elected to Parliament – Dame Ermie Bourne
  • Free Secondary Education: introduced by the construction of Princess Margaret, West St. Joseph (now Grantley Adams Memorial), Pine (now Parkinson Memorial) and St. Leonards(1955 – 1961)
  • “Windfall” Sugar Bonus paid directly to the agricultural workers – a BLP victory in Opposition against the combined forces of the Democratic Labour Party, (DLP), Government and the Barbados Workers Union, (BWU)
  • Ensured fundamental rights provisions in Constitution – including independence of the Judiciary and the Auditor General
  • Equal pay for men and women in the public service
  • Tenantries Freehold Purchase Act. Thousands of Barbadians given the right to purchase their house spots at the token price of ten cents per square foot.
  • Status of Children Reform Act, which wiped illegitimacy off the statue books
  • National Commission on the Status of Women, 1976, which made 212 recommendations relating to women, almost all of which were legislated or otherwise implemented.
  • Children of Barbadian women, wherever born, allowed automatic citizenship
  • Department of Women’s Affairs
  • National Cultural Foundation, (NCF)
  • Facilitation Unit for Returning Nationals (FURN)
  • Community Independence Secretariat, the Parish Ambassadors programme and the Lighting Ceremony to boost Independence celebrations
  • Rural Development Corporation, (RDC)
  • Urban Development Corporation, (UDC)
  • National Heroes on 28 April – the birthday of Sir Grantley Adams
  • “Bussa”, Emancipation Statue – and all other statues Bussa Statue
  • Day of National Significance, 26 July – date of 1937 Riots
  • Emancipation Day, 1st August
  • Pan African Commission
  • Senior Citizens Games
  • Civil servant salaries protected by Constitutional Amendment, the Public Service
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  • Trade Union Act
  • Workman’s Compensation Act
  • Shop Closing Act
  • Protection of Wages Act
  • Holiday with Pay Act – the first in the British Empire
  • Trade Union Act amendment to provide for peaceful picketing
  • Accidents and occupational diseases notification made compulsory
  • Quarry workers legislation to provide for safety
  • Public Employees Pension Act
  • Casual Employees Pension Act
  • Peasant Loan Bank Act amendment to provide for Peasant Small Holdings and the purchase of livestock
  • Family Reform Act
  • Termination of Pregnancy Act
  • Administrative Justice Act
  • Administrative Tribunal Act
  • Broadcast Act passed and licences granted to operate new broadcast stations
  • Occupation Training Act
  • Community Legal Service Act expanding free Legal Aid to persons charged with serious offences and in areas of Civil Law
  • Penal System Reform (Amendment) Act
  • Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Act
  • Caribbean Court of Justice Act
  • Preservation of antiques and restriction of their export legislation
  • Centennial Honours Act
  • Arts and Sports Promotion Fund Act
  • Offshore Banking Act
  • Shipping Incentive Act
  • International Business Companies (Exemption from Taxes) Act
  • Exemption Insurance Companies Act
  • Energy Sales Corporation Act
  • Independent Immigration Service
  • Immigration Review Committee
  • Barbados interest in Barbados External Telecommunications (BET) legislated
  • Companies Act amendment to protect of shareholders
  • Money Laundering Prevention and Control (Amendment) Act
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
  • International Financial Services Act
  • Tourism Development Act
  • Liberalisation of the Telecommunications Sector
  • Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Repatriation of Prisoners Act
  • Forensic Procedures and DNA Identification Act
  • Workers earning less than $115 removed from the tax bracket. When the BLP took office in 1976, people could begin to pay Income Tax if they worked for as little as $25 weekly.
  • Agricultural and Fisheries implements – duty removed
  • Credit Unions – tax allowance on savings leading the phenomenal growth of the Credit Union movement
  • Estate and Succession Duties abolition
  • Taxis allowed duty free entry
  • Income tax exemption on benefits realised for employees purchasing shares in the workplace at less than market value
  • Personal Income Tax allowances – increased to $25,000 along with reduction of the basic rate to 20%
  • Home Allowances reinstated for Income Tax and put at $10 000
  • Reverse Tax Credit
  • Small Business Development Act allowing Tax Rate at 25%
  • Corporation Tax reduced to 25%
  • Property Transfer Tax Vendor rate reduced to 7.5%
  • Historic houses Income Tax allowance – increased from 10% to 25%
  • Incentives for private investors to create retirement/vacation accommodation in Barbados
  • Pensioners $30,000 Personal Income Tax allowance
  • National Union of Public Workers, (NUPW), headquarters expansion – financially supported through loan guarantee
  • Agriculture workers, guaranteed minimum work week
  • Agricultural Stations – seven – established
  • Public Markets: Eagle Hall, St. Michael; Six Roads, St. Phillip; Cheapside and Fairchild Street, Bridgetown
  • Motorised fishing boats introduced
  • Fish markets: Oistins, Christ Church; Speightstown, St. Peter; Bridgetown, St. Michael
  • Fish landing sites: Tent Bay, St. John, Fitts Village, St. James; Bay Street, St. Michael
  • Barbados Marketing Corporation, (BMC)
  • Livestock Development Fund to finance the livestock industry
  • Bridgetown Fisheries Complex
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  • Community Centres: Gall Hill, St. John; Ellerton, St. George; Belleplaine, St. Andrew; Checker Hall, St. Lucy; Sargeants Village, Christ Church; Clapham Park, St. Michael; Rock Hall, St. Andrew; Murphy Pasture, Bridgetown
  • Sporting facilities: Parish Land, Christ Church and Murphy Pasture, Bridgetown
  • National Sports Council, (NSC)
  • Flood lights: Murphy Pasture, the City; Meadow Road and Princess Royal Avenue, the Pine; Fernihurst, St. Michael; Dover, Christ Church and Haynesville, St. James.
  • Fitts Village Esplanade, St. James
  • Garfield Sobers Gymnasium
  • Sporting facilities: Bagatelle, St. Thomas; Montgomery, Cave Hill; Boscobelle, St. Peter; Holders Hill, St. James (now Desmond Haynes); Dover, Christ Church
    (pavilion); Brereton, St. Philip (Wayne Daniel); Cnr. Passage Road, the City; Parish Land, Christ Church; Mapp Hill, St. Michael
  • Community centre and park, Clapham, St. Michael
  • Sporting facility: Chancery Lane, Christ Church
  • Community centre, Bonnetts, St. Michael
  • Vauxhall Senior Citizens Home, Vauxhall, Christ Church
  • Welfare to Work Programme
  • Community Technology Programme
  • Kensington Oval rebuilt
  • World Cup cricket finals hosted
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  • Barbados Development Board – now Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, (BIDC)
  • Industrial Park, Grazettes, St. Michael – Barbados’ first
  • Energy, Financial Services and International Business Sectors
  • Industrial Park: Six Roads, St. Philip
  • Harrison’s Cave
  • Industrial Parks: Edghill, St. Thomas; Warrens, St. Michael – resulting from tax incentives
  • Barbados National Bank, (BNB)
  • Insurance Corporation of Barbados, (ICB)
  • Arawak Cement Plant
  • Barbados National Oil Company (BNOC)
  • Minibus and ZR systems established, bringing small businessmen in the transport sector
  • Barbados National Terminal Company Ltd. (BNTCL)
  • Urban Enterprise Loan Scheme, supporting small business
  • Rural Enterprise Loan Scheme, supporting small business
  • Venture Capital Scheme
  • Barbados Agency for Micro Enterprise Development Fund (Fund Access)
  • Enterprise Growth Fund
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme, (YES)
  • Industrial Credit Fund – through Central Bank – to provide funding for manufacturing and enterprises
  • Barbados Stock Exchange
  • Philatelic Bureau, accounting for growth of employment at the Post Office and increased revenues
  • National Petroleum Corporation
  • New Pelican Craft Village
  • Small Business Development Centre
  • Small businesses granted 785 loans totaling $7,297,000 through the Urban Development Commission, UDC)
  • Small businesses granted 965 loans totaling $8,000,000 through the Rural Development Commission, (RDC)
  • Small businesses persons trained – 2007 through the Rural Development Commission (RDC)
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  • Director of Education appointed – first ever
  • Housecraft Centre
  • Erdiston Teachers Training College
  • Barbados Scholarship increased from one (1) to five (5) and two exhibitions (2) granted
  • Branch Libraries in all parishes
  • Richmond Technical Institute
  • Foundation Schools
  • Coleridge and Parry School
  • Government Information Service, (GIS)
  • Pre-school education in Public Schools introduced
  • Adult Education – Evening Institute
  • Reading Unit set up at Erdiston, to identify children with reading problems and undertake remedial action.
  • Samuel Jackson Prescod Polytechnic, (SJPP)
  • Secondary education extended to 16 years from 14 years
  • Text Book Loan Scheme for secondary schools
  • School Uniform Subsidy for children entering secondary school
  • Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, (UWI), expanded
  • Barbados Community College, (BCC), expanded
  • Skills Training Programme
  • Free Secondary Education advanced by the extension of six secondary schools and the provision of an additional 2600 places in government secondary schools (1976 – 1986)
  • Eight (8) new primary and two special schools providing 5880 places: Sharon, St. Thomas; LT Gay, Spooners Hill, St. Michael; Luther Thorne, Wildey, St. Michael; St.
    Christopher, St. Christopher, Christ Church; All Saints, St. Peter; Hilda Skeene, Ruby, St. Phillip; Ignatius Byer, St. Lucy; Alma Parris special school, Speightstown, St. Peter and Edna Nicholls Remedial Centre, Boscobelle, St. Peter
  • Education Sector Enhancement Project (EDUTECH)
  • Nursery education expanded: Eden Lodge, St. Michael; Erdiston, St. Michael; Indian Ground, St. Peter; Prescod Boulevard, St. Michael
  • Lester Vaughn Secondary School
  • Nursery schools: St. Boniface, All Saints, St. Peter; Six Roads, St. Phillip; St.Giles
  • Challenor School and Learning Centre subventions
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  • Civil service tendering extended to all Statutory Boards
  • Members of Parliament Constituency Offices and Assistants
  • Office of the Ombudsman.
  • Electoral and Boundaries Commission constitutionally protected
  • Ministry of the Environment re-established
  • Office of Public Sector Reform
  • Forde Constitutional Review Commission
  • Ambulance Service
  • Maternity Hospital
  • Pubic bath and latrines in every community
  • Health Centres: Enmore, Collymore Rock, St. Michael; Six Roads, St. Phillip; Speightstown, St. Peter
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH)
  • Polyclinics: Warrens, Black Rock, Jemmotts Lane, Wildey, all in St. Michael; The Glebe, St. George; Oistins, Christ Church – and the replacement of the old Health
    Centres by the new polyclinics
  • Polyclinics late opening hours
  • National Drug Service
  • Ambulance Service expansion and upgrade
  • QEH Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department, and hospital expanded
  • Alternative Care of the Elderly Programme
  • Means test abolished for overseas Medical Aid Scheme
  • National HIV/AIDS Commission
  • AIDS Hostel – first in the Caribbean
  • Anti-Retroviral Drugs for HIV/AIDS patients – provided free
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  • Housing Estates: Pine, Bay and Belfield
  • Sugar workers Welfare Housing Loan Fund – more than 2 000 workers received loans for repairs to their houses
  • Housing Board – now National Housing Corporation
  • Public Officers Housing Loan Scheme
  • Sites and services land programme
  • Springhead, St. James residents relocated to Sion Hill, St. James, moving from poverty to modern conditions of roads, lights and water
  • Housing Developments: Gall Hill, Christ Church; Six Roads, St. Phillip; Grazettes and Deacons Court, St. Michael; Belleplaine, St. Andrew; Colleton, St. Peter; Redmans Village, St. Thomas; Sayes Court, Christ Church
  • Housing projects: Kensington Lodge, Bridgetown, St. Michael; Fernihurst and Rosemont, Deacons, St. Michael; Lammings, St. Joseph; Haynesville, St. James; St.
    Matthias, Christ Church; Bonnets and the Ivy, St. Michael; Maynards, St. Peter
  • Housing: Pond Side, London Bourne Towers – Bridgetown, St. Michael; Deans Town, St. James; Coverley, Christ Church; Buckley Meadows, St. George; Hoytes Village, St. James; Arlie Heights, St. Michael
  • Barbados Mortgage Finance Corporation, (BMFC)
  • Houses for the elderly and poor through Urban and Rural Development Commissions – 447 alone through UDC
  • House spot purchase subsidies – 806 costing $8.8m – provided to tenants under the Tenantries programme with the right to buy their house spots at $2.50 per sq. ft.
  • 100% mortgages to accelerate home ownership
  • Land tax abolished on properties valued $125 000 or less. This relieved the vast majority of owners of chattel houses from having to pay land tax
  • Land acquired for housing: Drax Hall Green, St. George; Work Hall, Hopeland and Marchfield, St. Philip; Tweedside Road, St. Michael; Four Hill Plantation and French Village, St. Peter
  • Housing for persons living with HIV and AIDS (PLWAs)
  • Housing Public/Private Partnership programme: Briar Hall, Christ Church; Cane Garden, St. Thomas; Barbarees Hill and Bank Hall, St. Michael
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  • Wages Board
  • Labour Department
  • Female Training scheme for recruitment as domestics in Canada, thousands trained
  • Employment programme with the British government for work on British Rail, Army and Hospitals; thousands of Barbadians benefitted
  • Loans for thousands to facilitate travel to United Kingdom for employment in government sponsored programmes
  • The Stockton Report – feasibility study on National Insurance and Social Security scheme commissioned by Freddie Miller and financed by the Colonial Development and Welfare Department. (Draft legislation prepared for the implementation of the Scheme)
  • Employment: grown from 80,500 in 1976 to 105,600 by 1981
  • Barbados Workers Union, (BWU), housing project at Mangrove, St. Philip – lent $1 million
  • Unemployment Benefit Scheme
  • Project Oasis, specifically targetting unemployed “block” youth
  • Public workers removed from casual status and appointed – 5000 benefitted
  • Unemployment: reduced from 24% in 1994 to 7% in 2007
  • Barbados Fire Service
  • Royal Barbados Police Force, (RBPF): communications system extensively upgrade
  • RBPF: transport facilities boosted massively
  • Forensic Sciences Centre
  • Barbados Defence Force
  • Regional Security System
  • HMP Dodds, Dodds, St. Phillip – constructed after the destruction by fire of HMP Glendairy
  • Crab Hill Police station, St. Lucy
  • Eric Holder Municipal Centre, Tamarind Hall, Horse Hill, St. Joseph
  • District E police station, Speightstown, St. Peter
  • Halls of Justice
  • Spring Garden Highway
  • Adams, Barrow and Cummins (ABC) Highway
  • Duncan O’Neal Highway
  • Roads – 110 – funded by the Urban Development Commission, (UDC)
  • Roads – 153 – funded by the Rural Development Commission, (RDC)
  • Swan Street pedestrianisation
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  • Government Headquarters, Bay Street, St. Michael
  • Deep Water Harbour
  • Seawell Airport (now customs area)
  • Ministry of Communication and Works headquarters, Pine, St. Michael
  • Grantley Adams International Airport, (GAIA)
  • Oistins redevelopment featuring Oistins Bay Gardens
  • Speightstown redevelopment featuring new boardwalks and esplanade
  • St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, redevelopment
  • Post Office Headquarters, Cheapside, St. Michael
  • Bridgetown Port, expansion and modernization
  • Arawak Cement Plant
  • Town centres: Six Roads, St. Philip and the Glebe, St. George
  • Lewis Wickham (Bridgetown) Boardwalk
  • Richard Haynes Boardwalk, Hastings, Christ Church
  • Jubilee Gardens redevelopment as green space
  • Tom Adams Financial Centre (the Central Bank Building)
  • Fairchild Street bus terminal
  • Cheapside Market redevelopment
  • Old Town Hall, Bridgetown, restoration
  • Old Spirit Bond, Bridgetown, conversion, to a mall
  • Parliament Buildings refurbishment
  • Cumberland Bridge (Swing Bridge) redesign
  • Princess Alice Highway multi-storey car
  • Independence Square transformed from a car park into a recreational and cultural square
  • National Heroes Square
  • Grantley Adams International Airport, (GAIA), expanded – to all intents and purposes a new airport
  • George Washington House restored