Hon. Spencer Brand, Cabinet Minister in the Nevis Island Administration and parliamentary representative for the St. Paul’s constituency in the Nevis Island Assembly.

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis — Hon. Spencer Brand, Cabinet Minister in the Nevis Island Administration and parliamentary representative for the St. Paul’s constituency in the Nevis Island Assembly, will resume his one-on-one consultations with constituents on January 13.

Hon. Brand began personal consultations in August 2020. There was a brief hiatus in December for Christmas activities.

“The consultations were not held in December as that was a busy time for most persons, however I intend to resume now in the new year, said Brand. “The first consultation will be on Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Springate Office Complex on Government Road.

Reflecting on previous consultations, Brand stressed the importance of personal interaction with residents in his constituency.

The one-on-one consultations are planned for the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, during which all COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to.

“It is critical that politicians, once elected, make themselves available to the people they serve,” said Brand. “I have sought to provide this forum where anyone in the area can come and talk with me, share ideas, express concerns.”

He noted that during the consultations, constituents raise many diverse issues, including drainage problems, road issues, water issues, getting property, and planning matters.

The chief concern expressed, he lamented, were people seeking employment.

“That was a major issue last year with the serious impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and so many people lost their jobs,” said Brand. “As a member of the Nevis Island Administration I do my best to help people through the various government ministries, even if not with a permanent job, anywhere they could be fit in, or connect them those with private businesses who are looking for people to work. It’s not easy because the reality is you cannot help everyone.”

Although he interacts with members of the public every day, Brand said he looks forward to once again sit down with his constituents to discuss how he can assist them.