Inniss warns of cuts to social entitlements

A Government minister today warned Barbadians to brace for a significant reduction in state-funded social services.
Speaking at the end of the General Insurance Association of Barbados’ annual general meeting at Radisson Aquatica hotel this afternoon, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss cautioned that due to the worrying economic challenges facing the country, the hour had arrived for Barbadians to look after their own welfare and not rely solely on the state.
“When I look at the adjustments that we are going to have to make to the social services in Barbados, I keep saying that the state cannot keep providing everything to everyone as they expect it. So I tell my children that they are going to have to start to save some money for their children’s insurance, I also tell them that they are going to have to get insurance. We are going to have to inculcate in our people’s minds that they are going have to take a greater level of responsibility for their lifestyle and of course the outcome,” Inniss said.

The warning comes against the backdrop of concerns about the declining state of the national economy.

And just this week, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart called for urgent consideration to be given to the future of three key state enterprises. Amid mounting pressure on his Government to slash its overall deficit, Stuart has ordered that immediate introspection be made of the operations of the loss-making Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Barbados Transport Board and the Sanitation Service Authority, which now appear destined for the proverbial official chopping block.
However, while staying clear of those discussions, Inniss zeroed in on the need for housing insurance, while highlighting the noticeable inability of some Barbadians to bounce back after losing their homes to fire, saying this was cause for much concern.
Given the increasing number of house fires, he said he was disappointed that some Barbadians would more readily purchase cell phone credit than invest $50 a month in a home insurance plan.
“This is a matter that we need to have a national conversation about because it pains me when I see the number of fundraising activities that I see as a politician for individuals to get themselves back on their feet as a result of a house fire.

“You know in that fire, the expensive flat screen television was destroyed, the cell phone that you are paying perhaps $150 per month in top ups is also destroyed, the expensive shoes and bags are burnt. You then have to ask yourself, ‘could you not have budgeted $30 or $50 per month to help pay for your house insurance?’” Inniss asked.

He also said based on the frequency of reported house fires this year alone, he was surprised that persons still maintained the ancient mindset that home insurance was a waste of time.
“There perhaps is a mindset which says that insurance is a waste of money. So I urge you, the General Insurance Association of Barbados to join with Government and let us mount a national conversation about the importance of insuring homes in Barbados because it is not an expensive thing. I know those who hear my voice are crying out about where they are going to get the money from, but every household in Barbados can search and make a little adjustment to ensure that they cover their property,” Inniss argued. 

33 Responses to Inniss warns of cuts to social entitlements

  1. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore April 22, 2017 at 1:00 am

    From 2008 onward, we were repeatedly reminded that Barbados was not only an economy, but that she was also a society. Fast track to year 2017 and what have we, a wrecked economy & dysfunctional society in which the frabric & other supportive structures have been rend asunder, as it were, by voilent force by all ah DEM.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba April 22, 2017 at 3:50 am

      RIGHTLY SAID

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    • Randolph April 22, 2017 at 7:49 am

      True Arthur.They think we are fools.They have singlehandedly destroyed Barbados as a society and an economy.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 22, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      And what is even more crazy, to add to what you rightfully said, is that they want us to believe that they are doing and have done a good job.

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  2. Jennifer April 22, 2017 at 1:03 am

    This is what i do not understand. Why would Mr Inniss go to a hotel to talk about the reduction in state-funded social services, which will affect mainly the masses. You should have use a school or open air platform to bring this news. Especially seeing that elections is around the corner.

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    • Jennifer April 22, 2017 at 10:12 am

      The more they cut and add taxes to the masses the closer we are getting to see the unfolding of Payne in this place. However, I can agree with the spending priorities rhetoric. But politicians should also lead by example, as they also have their spending priorities twisted and the lack of a militant rod to claw in what is owed to the treasury only adds to the declining economy. Not to mention the money that goes unaccounted. Looks like the masses and the politicians in the same chain of thought. Maybe it is the boat effect.

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  3. Meakai April 22, 2017 at 1:15 am

    He is just flying another kite. People have to start picking sense from nonsense.
    Hopefully some of them will be soon picking pond grass up Long Pond.

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  4. Meakai April 22, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Elections round wuh corner wuh? Stuart gine cah we to de baller!

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  5. Meakai April 22, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Insurance is a scam 99.9% of the time. Don’t buy insurance, buy shares in insurance companies. Can’t go wrong. I seh so.

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    • Jennifer April 22, 2017 at 7:39 am

      @Meakai – Well you have hit that nail on the head. That is what is wrong with the masses, they do not know about how to such things such as buying shares and investing etc. It all goes back to that consumer mindset and programming that was instilled in this people. All by design. Meanwhile the companies literally poking out the eyes of the people via usury and thievery.

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  6. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 22, 2017 at 3:57 am

    TALK ABOUT EVIL, PURE EVIL JUST TAKE AH GOOD LOOK AT DEM, THEY ARE AH BUNCH OF TWISTED ASSORTED NUTS. HOW CAN WE AS AH PEOPLE SIT BACK AN ALLOW THESE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF BELIAL TO RUN RINGS AROUND US. FOR WANNA CHILDREN, CHILDRENS’ SAKE WAKE UP NA…LORD HAVE MERCY

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  7. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome April 22, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Cut out all the social entitlements from the persons in.B’dos who are working for top class saleries and de government paying all their utilities and they using de government vehicles to do their personal work, still getting travelling allowance, supervisors in organization’s doing nothing and claiming overtime allowance on.weekends, theft in high places, ppl getting their rents paid out of the taxpayers money etc that’s what you have to sort out, stay tuned.

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    • Jennifer April 22, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Well said madam Brome. House negro meking the field negro shyte. Puppeteers living large.

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    • Randolph April 22, 2017 at 7:55 am

      I wouldn’t hold my breath Joan.They don’t intend to make any sacrifice.The returned 10% is a case in point.They get traveling,entertainment,utilities allowances.

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  8. Mechell Springer
    Mechell Springer April 22, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Stupessssss do!!!

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  9. Louis Swann
    Louis Swann April 22, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Clown shoes big red ones

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  10. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis April 22, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Take heed. He knows of what he speaks.

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  11. Diane Dias
    Diane Dias April 22, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I kinda agree with some of what Stuart says with regards to people having their priorities wrong. But , on the other hand , there are some of us who are living from paycheck to paycheck , and cannot save. So when they trying to squeeze blood from a stone , it’s only going to spell trouble.

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  12. Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande
    Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande April 22, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Can we also not pay the taxes which are supposed to enable the government to provide these social services? I mean it’s the only thing that would make sense!

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  13. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata April 22, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Pornville

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  14. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews April 22, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Because so much money goes to paying the loans, the People must suffer for the DLP’s fits of Fantasy

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  15. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers April 22, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I will await the full roll out of the cuts before I say much more than it can be done but it has to be implemented in a way to protect the most vulnerable and the tax burden on the middle class must be reduced to compensate. But I expect this government would cut social services and increase taxes so we lose all around.

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  16. sticks and stones April 22, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Pay now or pay later as the interest keeps racking up on the debt . The gravy train has ran dry . no more free lunch

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  17. Milli Watt April 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    cha den this minister does rub me the wrong way but he got a point about the insurance and spending habits……..hurt my heart to say this but he got a point. Now back to business, it is the only cogent point he has made in his lifetime and the rest about paying for social services when this crowd manage the place into this position is typical. I got hope that more mud than pearls of wisdom will leave his mouth and I won’t have him to deal with EVER!!!!!!!

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    • Donild Trimp April 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      @Milli Watt – I have been saying it over and over, the entitlement mentality in Barbados must be eradicated, then and only then will things turn around.

      I like what the minister is saying and i like what I am hearing from the Prime Minister.

      Things seem to be heading in the right direction.

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  18. Donild Trimp April 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    “Prime Minister Freundel Stuart called for urgent consideration to be given to the future of three key state enterprises. Amid mounting pressure on his Government to slash its overall deficit, Stuart has ordered that immediate introspection be made of the operations of the loss-making Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Barbados Transport Board and the Sanitation Service Authority, which now appear destined for the proverbial official chopping block”

    Long overdue. This is what is needed. Good on you Mr.Prime
    Minister. Place my X against your name..

    I have been calling for this for a while now although I would have gone a little further by including the BWA and the seaport.

    Anyhow, this is a step in the right direction.

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  19. JOHN WINSTON KING April 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    WHEN THINGS ARE GOOD WE SUFFER TO MAKE THAT GOOD. WHEN THINGS ARE BAD WE SUFFER TO MAKE IT GOOD. WHEN THINGS ARE REALLY WELL WE GET NO BENIFITS TRICKLING TO US AND WE ARE TOLD TO HOLD ON FOR ANOTHER TERM. DURING THE TERM WE ARE THEN BLAIMED FOR OTHERS SHORTCOMMINGS. GOOD OR BAD WE REMAIN IN THE SAME LOCATION. SO WHY WORRY. YOU KNOW HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS.
    SO MY ADVICE IS THAT , A CRUMBLING WON’T MAKE YOU GOOD OR BAD OR BETTER. SO REMAIN IN YOUR DIGNITY LIKE I DO IN MINE BECAUSE THERE IS NO HOPE IN OTHERS BUT IS FOUND IN YOUR SELF. THEY KNOW HOW YOU ARE AND HOW YOU THINK.

    A BUILDING UP WOULD RESULT IN THE SAME CIRCLE SOONER OR LATER AND YOU FIND YOOUR SELF IN THE SAME PLACE

    THANKS

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  20. Alex Alleyne April 22, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    First cut should be CBC in the pine.

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  21. Sheron Inniss April 22, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I might get some licks for this but that is okay with me. The free social services were never “free”. Our tax dollars were supposed to help offset these costs. The truth is that I do not believe that our taxes could cover free social services in bad or good times. I see nothing wrong with asking those who can afford to pay to pay. I believe school children should pay bus fare for sure. My preference is for a well oiled welfare department which looks after those who genuinely need help whether it be health related, school, whatever. Not a department which picks and chooses based on party alliance or friendship. The other thing is for Barbadians to educate themselves in as many areas as possible. The internet is there to be put to good use; not the nonsense that a lot of people find the time to use it for. Learn how to use your money wisely. Yes it will end up in the bank but don’t carry a huge bank account. The credit union is the way to go. So too rolling fix deposits which can be acquired at credit unions, First Citizens up by Warrens, Simpson Motors – if they still have, etc. Get a debit card if you must; forget the credit cards. Overseas you can get a no fee credit card by shopping around; not so here. The government has no teeth and allows them to come here and treat us like lesser human beings whilst they are reaping the sweets. The same way that you can join with others and throw a meeting turn you can join together and start a rolling fixed deposit. The initial investment is $10,000 and the beauty of that is if you want to close the account a month later you just give notification. You can also withdraw from it but you should see it as an investment for the long term. Definitely pays better than a normal bank account. Health wise I would suggest you learn how your body works and treat it as the temple it is. It really is not that difficult to eat well on a small budget; I have proved it. As an aside I had baked sweet potato chips rubbed in olive oil, herbs and spices, with a cucumber and tuna(minus the water) salad with lemon juice for lunch. Touch base with me on my Facebook page if you want to chat. The will getting too long.

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    • Leroy April 23, 2017 at 7:37 am

      You sound like a woman I could work with

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  22. Donild Trimp April 22, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    @Sheron Inniss – That is some real good advice there Sheron.

    Barbados at the present time is a place where the majority of people exist with an entitlement mentality.

    That way of existing must be eradicated if things are to c henge for the better in Barbados.

    The PM is beginning to right the ship and that is a good sign.

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    • Leroy April 23, 2017 at 7:40 am

      He wait til the end of 2 terms to right a ship now the deck almost under water,,what happened for the last 7 years?

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  23. Tony Webster April 23, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I’ve heard of drip-irrigation. Now, here’s drip-communication…pried from clenched teeth,.the unavoidable consequences of running-out of time; F/X; ability to suck-out any more N.I.S. funds, or to borrow from any more idiotic lenders at sane rates of interest.
    We now have to roll up our sleeves: expose our veins for DEM to administer socio-economic medication by I.V. ( Intensive, Venomous). Better late than never, but it’s intensity is a direct result of willful blindness, and procrastination of the highest order. Yes, a pitiful child of desperation. You might almost say. Microcephaly …in adults.

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