Beautify Barbados workers overpaid – Auditor General

Thirty five workers were recently overpaid by the Ministry of Environment and Drainage.

According to Auditor General Leigh Trotman, the workers, who were employed under the National Environmental Enhancement Programme, otherwise known as Beautify Barbados, received some $185,000 more than what was due to them.

And to make matters worse for Government, it is unlikely that any of these funds can be recovered, since many of the overpaid workers have since been retrenched.

In a note to the Auditor General, the then Permanent Secretary acknowledged that the overpayments could have been avoided and that there were inadequate controls in place for the docking of workers’ pay in cases of absence and sick leave.

“When a large number of persons are taken on to work, the necessary controls and staff should be put in place to keep track of their absences and sick leave with information flowing to Accounts in a timely manner for wages to be stopped and any overpayments to be repaid in accordance with the 7th Schedule of the Financial Management and Audit (Financial) Rules, 2011,” he acknowledged.

In an effort to recover the funds, he also said the available information on the overpaid amounts to the former workers was to be sent to the Personnel Administration Division and the Account General in the event any of these individuals was re-employed in the Government service.

The Denis Lowe-led ministry is also trying to put controls in place for absences and sick leave to be recorded and wages stopped as required.

In addition, the Permanent Secretary said letters were being sent to the officers who were overpaid for deductions to be made in accordance with the Financial Management and Audit (Financial) Rules, 2011 and with a view to collecting repayments where possible.

Today, the new Permanent Secetary in the Environment Ministry Daphne Kellman who took over from Edison Alleyne on April 15 of this year was not available for comment on the matter. 

12 Responses to Beautify Barbados workers overpaid – Auditor General

  1. jrsmith June 2, 2017 at 4:35 am

    What would you expect from this government , there is no evidence that this crop of politicians , have any idea how to manage (Barbados LTD)…….. when you have crooked and corrupt people in management charge of even a rum shop , it all collapses eventually…………………………………………

    Our (Audit General) must be the (most honest and credible person in barbados ) a man , who is not scared of the crooked corrupt government and the cronies……………..
    What is so annoying the strength of the opposition losing the chance to crush this sad government, time and time as the news from the (Audit General’s) office exposes the corruption in the govern a government who have no shame ………….. sad, sad…..

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  2. BIGSKY June 2, 2017 at 5:04 am

    If you think this extra $185 000 over payment went to the workers then I will have to start singing Serenaders song “Steel In Dey.”

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  3. Othneal June 2, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Such revelations expose a lackadaisical approach to fiscal prudence that is indicative of incompetence and requires an immediate response from the Government.
    It must be very demoralising for the Barbados public in general, and the Auditor General in particular, when such failings are uncovered time and again without an adequate response​.

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  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 2, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Backwards Barbados 2017.

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    • Gail Agard Wallace
      Gail Agard Wallace June 2, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Lol

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    • Gail Agard Wallace
      Gail Agard Wallace June 2, 2017 at 9:00 am

      I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Barbados. I’m not just trying to be critical. It’s my home. But seems like maintenance is their worse enemy. Always one step forward and two steps back. ( I know this doesn’t have anything to do with the article)

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner June 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Gail Agard Wallace you are so correct it’s pretty much the most backward Caribbean island speaking from experience I been to all of them plus other countries in the world.Left 27 over years ago but have family back there so I’m always going back and following what’s going on and it has not progress one bit considering Barbados supposed to be one of the most educated places in the world.The place needs young dynamic progressive politicians not a bunch of old boring backwards politicians like both of these political parties presently have for a start.

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  5. Biscuits June 2, 2017 at 9:17 am

    This speaks poorly, not only of the Government depts involved, but also of the character of our people. I’ve been overpaid and immediately reported it to Payroll and I know of others whom have done the same. Errors occur in business…this is nothing new…however all employees should be properly investigated from the Top to the Bottom and held accountable. Keeping or giving away that which is not yours, is theft.

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  6. Greengiant June 2, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Public officers and temporary employees have been overpaid during the B L P’s time in office too.

    The same temporary employees sometimes work for several months without being paid as well under both parties. Though I support the role of the Auditor General and believe he should be given additional staff, and powers to prosecute. I don’t hear him mention of the late payments to employees who work for months without getting their money. So it’s not the fault of the Ministers, but the permanently appointed employees who constantly fail the system with their lazy approach to serving the people who pays their wages @ jrsmith

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  7. Smiles June 2, 2017 at 10:48 am

    the article said that some were recently overpaid, then it mentioned that the overpaid workers have since be retrenched. Were these persons overpaid and then retrenched or retrenched and then overpaid. Persons from Beautify Barbados are constantly calling Brass Tax saying that they have not been paid their dues. Clarification please.

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  8. Randolph June 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Please call the election

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  9. Othneal June 2, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    @jrsmith, I think you will find that it is not the role of the Auditor General to comment on late payment of wages. His role is specific.It has to do with budgets, income and expenditure. Financial irregularities, misappropriation of funds etc. A kind of financial inspector with powers to initiate legal investigation and prosecution of embezzlement and fraud.

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