19 May 2014

NGO doubts Solomons cash offer

1:35 pm on 19 May 2014

World Vision's Country Director in Solomon Islands says it is very unlikely the government would ever have offered money to people in the flood evacuation centres.

The non payment of such a grant has been advanced in Honiara as one of the factors that led to looting and arson at the weekend.

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Photo: RNZ

Andrew Catford says the government is well aware that such an offer would just bolster numbers in the camps which they have been trying to shut down.

"People expected different things, I think the talk of a, there was a $15,000 cash payment that was probably never on the cards. I think it's about giving people what they deserve to sort of get their lives back on track."

World Vision's Andrew Catford.