GIVE US MORE

Opposition MP wants increased pension for MPs

A veteran politician is suggesting that when Barbados’ economic fortunes turn around, parliamentarians should get increased benefits, including a hike in their pension and health insurance.

Representative for St George North Gline Clarke also suggested that the eight-year minimum requirement for parliamentarians to qualify for pension should be lowered to five years.

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) MP told Barbados TODAY he believed the improved compensation was deserved, as he complained that too many politicians have made financial sacrifices to assist constituents but then themselves wind up in bad situations.

Gline Clarke
Gline Clarke

Clarke said some of those people who had devoted their time and energy to the people who elected them were left in degrading positions, unable to survive on their “meagre pensions” and forced to rely on family members for financial support.

“After spending so many years in here [Parliament], there should be something where parliamentarians can have a decent pension to live on comfortably. We don’t want to be rich. What we get is meagre . . . in terms of living from day to day, it’s really meagre,” he said.

“I’m suggesting a system where, if you become a parliamentarian for five years, you be pensionable. There are some parliamentarians who serve for 25 years and at the end of that 25 years they have to remortgage their homes. Some of them have to pass on their mortgages to their children and they have to rely on their family,” Clarke lamented.

The MP also insisted that medical insurance should be provided to parliamentarians and others employed in the House of Assembly.

“A businessman could afford to pay for the best doctors, but at the end of the day a parliamentarian can’t. There’s no medical insurance that we have, unless you go on your own,” he noted.

Clarke was clear, however, that his proposed reforms were not for immediate implementation given the country’s financial state.

“It has to be done in the long run. Some of us are fortunate in that we have family abroad but that’s not the answer. We have to continue the modernisation
of Parliament,” he added.

The opposition MP made his recommendations in an interview with Barbados TODAY after parliamentarians paid tribute to BLP stalwart Lionel Craig, who died on March 9 at the age of 85. Clarke first raised the issue of insurance for parliamentarians during his contribution to the tributes.

 

12 Responses to GIVE US MORE

  1. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 4, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Wel got to love politicians regardless of party in it for themselves,he wants more while ordinary Bajans get burn.This is typical political freeloadering and party affiliation B or D does not matter,they are all the same moochers.

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    • Simon Gooding
      Simon Gooding June 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

      ..Mr.Rawle….you couldnt have said it better…..some things an politicans neva change….

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  2. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis June 4, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Well Mr. Clarke if you can get every retrenched employee and every Bajan that same deal..then yes otherwise..Shut the hell up and pray you aint voted out! Idiot

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  3. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers June 4, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Good to make a point about when economy turns around. The rest is irrelevant. We first need to have confidence that Barbados will recover.

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  4. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua June 4, 2014 at 6:38 am

    You politician don’t cease to amaze me..the empty rhetoric that comes out of your mouths is so .blasphemous.because of all the underhand doings of all past and present parliamentarians in this country..you have bajans sucking salt….you had this once balance island down in the dumps in every ratings worldwide….yet you all still scraping the barrell..now you want benefits when things turn around…..how about pooling all those already beneficial resources that all you politicians have ….to give to the less fortunate on this island….Do the right thing parliamentarians and a leave a good legacy..

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  5. Fraser Young
    Fraser Young June 4, 2014 at 7:05 am

    And that folks is our leadership

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  6. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers June 4, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Politicians need to work like all of us do. I kno some politicians who work really hard on behalf of their constituents and barbadians but truth is it’s not the majority.

    Granting a pension after 5 years is crazy I think it should be set at 10 years. In addition, I support additional benefits as long as they will be extended to all public servants. And trust me it can be done without having government allocate more to health and education.

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  7. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway June 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

    🙂

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  8. David Hall June 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    If what politicians get is meger an unable to sustain politicians even after they have held government offices with all the perks and privileges of Lords and governors then Mr Clarke needs to try living on the wages on the average Barbadian or non politician. Otherwise he should keep his mouth shut and stop talking what I consider to be mere foolishness.

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  9. David E Hall
    David E Hall June 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    If what politicians get is meger an unable to sustain politicians even after they have held government offices with all the perks and privileges of Lords and governors then Mr Clarke needs to try living on the wages on the average Barbadian or non politician. Otherwise he should keep his mouth shut and stop talking what I consider to be mere foolishness.

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  10. Wizzie Sealy-inniss
    Wizzie Sealy-inniss June 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Clarke got to be a mad man, they pension age when from 60 years to 55 years while the our when from 60 years to 65 years and they want to move it up to 70 years. Now if it is true to the statement I read here, he think that in 5years time Politicians should be qualify for pension. That is why these people can’t get my X .Just now these Politicians would be telling all of us that we should support their children, even the out side ones. I would like to hear from the other side what they think, but then again you can’t even trust them either.

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