PM promises allowance hike for constituency offices


Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left) listens to MP James Paul explain a feature of the new constituency office.


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.

DLP St Michael West Central members at the opening of their new office.

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.

53 Responses to PM promises allowance hike for constituency offices

  1. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner February 22, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Utter nonsense, those places want shutting down

  2. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis February 22, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    will they get them before christmas

  3. Natasha Forde
    Natasha Forde February 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    All kinda madness going on bout here and that’s what he chooses to open his mouth about?!

  4. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne February 22, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Oh goood, They’re sharing out money to their supporters.

  5. Cashmera Skye
    Cashmera Skye February 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Income tax refunds where forth art thou?

  6. Kirt Jordan
    Kirt Jordan February 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    They all need Jenkins!

  7. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick February 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I hope the ppl who ain’t get income tax calculating the interest

    • Jack Baeur
      Jack Baeur February 22, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      I was asking the same ,cause if I owed that is just what would happen so I will b demanding mine cause I really cant c how those allowances could b more important than our income tax which by the way is constitutional….. THESE PPL KEEP SHOWING THAT THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US NOR GETTIN BCK IN OFFICE FOR THAT MATTER

  8. Antonio A Antonio
    Antonio A Antonio February 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm


  9. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner February 22, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    People aint get the nis yet either

  10. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis February 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    are people getting they unemployment funds yet since the cash injunction of 12 million mr pm

    • Khandy Apple
      Khandy Apple February 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      nope nah body aint gettin nuttin since october my cuz send in an aint see her cheque yet

  11. Lisa Gordon
    Lisa Gordon February 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    A lot of shite

  12. Cashmera Skye
    Cashmera Skye February 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    This administration needs to take a hike…..

  13. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart February 22, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    He ain’t got a clue…our PM…

  14. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart February 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Does our PM live in Barbados…????…..

  15. Sandrene Browne
    Sandrene Browne February 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    WTH. More money for duplicating services. STUPSE

  16. Khandy Apple
    Khandy Apple February 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    buncha big belly frauds unna need to go on same diet thas wah… how much people on welfare wunna does help weekly an want a hike in allowance smh try an send me my N.I.S Cheque since decemeber i send in my form an march comin next week send my money an hurry up wid it too

  17. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis February 22, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    …..I want my NIS refund, I want my income tax refund……

  18. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne February 22, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    A promise is a comfort to a fool. Give back the people their income tax return.

  19. Sheryl Maxine Greaves-Smi
    Sheryl Maxine Greaves-Smi February 22, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    What is really going on? Which bag of tricks this came from now?

  20. Adrian Boyce
    Adrian Boyce February 22, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    All elected members of Parliament constituency assistants are paid by the government, the article also said only if the economy improves they would get additional money, this dates back from 1995, so it isn’t that government is getting and the opposition isn’t getting, both are receiving.

    • Terry Brathwaite
      Terry Brathwaite February 22, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Excellent point. I would suggest that the timing of this announcement could have been better. At a time when the economy is not doing well, we the people, especially those who do not have a political allegiance would like the PM to tackle issues such as crime, sanitation, transport, health, renewable energy and our debt as a nation. Also a better dissemination of exactly how we will return growth to the economy and a coherent plan to reduce the dependence and proliferation of state entities…which by your statement would seem to include constituency offices for Parliamentarians. However, while you have touched on where assistants are paid, I would like the discussion to include how these offices operate. Are they published financial statements? I should be able to scrutinise the expenses paid by state funds. Whether Dee or Bee. Does the PM also intend to mandate that every MP has to spend at least eight hours each week in his constituency office? That would help us focus on the broader issues rather than feeling a sense of disbelief and complete and utter abhorrence at the “issues” which galvanise speech from this current Government.

  21. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow February 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    This sad while others are suffering

  22. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams February 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Early election folks. Mia get ready or get out now.

  23. Paula Husbands
    Paula Husbands February 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Thats what they agenda is money money and more money and whole lot of BS why the hell them dont pay who they owe

  24. Rosanna Lewis
    Rosanna Lewis February 22, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    This prime minister real dumb. why can’t you say to your council to raise their own money. get the constituents involved. smh

  25. Sugar Cox
    Sugar Cox February 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    What about d ppl that dem send home money…stupse

  26. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Allowances hike for constituencies offices? Pay the monies owning to the citizens, tax return, pensions, redundancies, sort out the QEH. If HeKnows ain’t plucking the figures out the sky, he must be inhaling the cash and storing it in that broad

  27. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Allowances hike for constituencies offices? Pay the monies owning to the citizens, tax return, pensions, redundancies, sort out the QEH. If HeKnows ain’t plucking the figures out the sky, he must be inhaling the cash and storing it in that broad

  28. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess February 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    U nor d rest of them ain’t doing nothing for ppl and talking bout putting money in the constituency offices stupse, i and everybody else that ain’t get dum tax return from last year waiting on it, wa d ass wanna suppose to do y’all got a hard task doing. I gine get mad and walk in Parliament and start slapping ppl left right and center And don’t think bout sending me mental cuz iv been rejected!

  29. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron February 22, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Somebody pockets getting fatter and the poor getting hungrier and poorer, only God can help us. Where is justice?

  30. Levi Mayers
    Levi Mayers February 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Dis man is a real c$@!.. Where my income tax return is.. d man is a jackfool All like he so want firing every since he is an always was a waste of carbon dioxide

  31. Lisa Sealy
    Lisa Sealy February 22, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    How about a hike to assist the qeh.

  32. Blanchard Ulanda
    Blanchard Ulanda February 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    We u to take a hike!….the people want their monies owed to them…we suffering!

  33. Tania Alicia Harper
    Tania Alicia Harper February 22, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    You realize 3 out the 4 in this pic guts big while poor people bellies touching their backs and their pockets empty. Dear Sir I think you need to get a pen and paper and evaluate your priorities and the priorities of the people who put you in office. Why everytime I read something about you it is nonsense or ain’t mek na sense? I so glad I aint tek time out my busy schedule of trying to mek ends meet to feed myself and my family to go and vote the likes of … into office.

  34. Nikki Mac
    Nikki Mac February 22, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    stupse.from where? more friggin waste money

  35. Shirley Haynes-Johnson
    Shirley Haynes-Johnson February 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    This is madness to the highest i need my income tax unfair to people

  36. Matthew Moise
    Matthew Moise February 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    He doesn’t Stephen he got to be living on Culpepper island

  37. Sam February 22, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Once again, I have no allegiant to any parties in Barbados which one can call me un-bias !. However it seem that you are hearing daily of the deficits ballooning day after day . Still money is being dished out like water for mare foolishness .
    Let start cutting back and us the resources in place which can generate jobs .

  38. Consuelo N Richards
    Consuelo N Richards February 22, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I want my income tax refund!

  39. Kathy Lee
    Kathy Lee February 22, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Say um ent so

  40. Harriett - concerned citizen February 22, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    What purpose is the constituency offices serving? Mr Prime Minister you seem to be majoring on the minors!!!

  41. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 23, 2015 at 2:19 am

    The words “PM” and “promises” should no longer be next to each other …

  42. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall February 23, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Government workers want a raise a pay.

  43. Nyah February 23, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Hmmm, seems as though only the elderly were invited to the opening….. #curiousmonkey

  44. Terry Harewood
    Terry Harewood February 23, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Strike this Government from office at once…people can’t get back their income tax and N.I.S cheque and they looking to increase monthly grant for constituency offices.

  45. Denise Vaughan
    Denise Vaughan February 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    ……. …!!!!!!!!!!!!!! …. . …. …!!!!!!!

  46. Bernard Walker
    Bernard Walker February 23, 2015 at 12:12 pm


  47. Alex Alleyne February 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    What about a hike in minium wage ? ,may be you will then collect more taxes.

  48. Betty Lashley
    Betty Lashley February 23, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    The minister of finance in talking hard no more he lousing weight


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