PM promises allowance hike for constituency offices
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has announced that Government intends to increase the monthly grant for constituency offices.
In making a case for the allowance hike, Stuart argued that the $2,500 monthly stipend and rent allowance given to Members of Parliament were not enough.
“ . . . Things have changed so dramatically between 1995 and the present that as soon as things look up in Barbados and we get economic things back on track in the way in which we want them to be, I intend to increase that sum of money so that Members of Parliament can better look after the interests of their constituents,” he said.
The country’s leader was speaking last evening at the relocated St Michael West Central Office of the ruling Democratic Labour Party.
MP for the constituency James Paul said they decided to move the office from Scott’s Terrace to Fairfield because the new location is ‘more visible’.
“[We] want to make sure that we are more accessible to you, the residents of St Michael West Central . . . We must be a place where people can come,” Paul said.