Cut size of Cabinet, Arthur says
Former leader Owen Arthur is telling Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to immediately cut the size of his Cabinet and reduce the number of social entitlement programmes.
Arthur says this must be done before the administration goes any further with plans to send home workers.
Arthur broke his silence on the issue today after Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler announced last Friday that over 3000 public servants would be retrenched by the end of March.
He says Government has not explored all its options to reduce costs.
“Before it comes to cuts, and it may eventually have to come to that, do all the other things that are necessary. Stop asking the public to pay for the political programmes of the Democratic Labour Party. The very week that the Minister of Finance announced he would be sending home workers, the Government is spending money on the David Thompson Memorial Football (competition). Cut out that,” he said.
“Two of the biggest supplementary budgets were brought to Parliament this year, one in March and one recently and Government says it doesn’t have money. Expenditures for summer camps, these things are means by which the Democratic Labour Party is feeding the appetite of its own supporters for contracts.”
The ex-prime minister describes the current 20-member Cabinet as the largest and most ineffective in the island’s history.
He recommends that some ministers be dismissed as Government seeks to rein in its spending.