By Elsa Baxter
Pensioners will be given a one-off bonus and run-down homes renovated.
Bahrain has approved an additional BD18m ($47.7m) budget for the elderly and a major housing renovation scheme, it has been reported.According to the Gulf Daily News, BD13m ($34.5m) will be allocated to pensioners, while BD5m ($13.2m) will pay for homes in need of repair.
"The elderly will be given one-off bonuses, which we will determine later, something that we have been directed to sort out as soon as possible," said Finance Minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.
"There are concerns from the leadership for the welfare of people who are in need of housing renovations and if this budget will help, then it will be given immediately as ordered," he said.
On top of the BD18m ordered by King Hamad, an extra BD10m funding has been approved to improve health facilities in the kingdom.
Some BD3.5m will be given for rent allowances, BD10m to restart a villages redevelopment project and BD4.5 to build fishing jetties, the paper reported.
MPs also agreed to grant a further BD2m to Bahrain University to help meet administrative and educational costs.