More Budget reactions

One of the Barbados’ newest political parties and the the umbrella trade union organization have reacted to the 2017-2018 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals presented by Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Chris Sinckler, on Tuesday afternoon.

In its response, the United Progressive Party (UPP) said Government could make a major financial saving by reducing the number constituencies in the country.

The UPP argued that Barbados requires fundamental reforms and the number of constituencies should be cut from 30 to 25 or even 21.

“If we are serious about reforms we should start at the top. There is now $10 million allocated to Parliament. Constituents across Barbados have indicated that there would be no fall-out from such a measure as they feel underserved by representatives,” the UPP said in a statement.

“As far as the delivery of services in the community is concerned, these will be enhanced by using technology to assess needs and to map the delivery of resources; upgrading government departments for the more effective delivery of services and empowering non-governmental organizations, charities and community-based organizations.”

The UPP also addressed the issue of corruption arguing that it is one of “the simple ways of reducing the the deficit”.

“Corruption and nepotism generated by the leadership in our country has now become systemic and entrenched and is too heavy a weight to bear for small open economies like Barbados. Corruption has increased the national debt by inflating the cost of goods and services purchased by Government,” the UPP said.

“It has also driven away foreign investors who may suffer a penalty for bribing public officials abroad. More profoundly it has destroyed opportunities because we did not choose the best people for implementation, but chose our teams based on political or family connections.”

Dennis De Peiza

Meanwhile, reacting to the increase in the level of taxation, General Secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Association, Dennis  De Peiza, said his organization “has an expectation that there will be a positive outcome to the current public sector wages and salaries negotiations”.

De Peiza argued that Government’s strategy of imposing increased taxation on an already overburdened society will create a drag on the economy and increase the cost of living.

“CTUSAB is mindful of the impact which the proposed taxation measures could have on the spending power of workers,” the General Secretary said.

“With the introduction of an increase from two per cent to ten per cent in the payment of National Social Responsibility Levy; increase in the excise tax on gasoline by 25 cents per litre from $0. 74 to $0.99 and on diesel by $0.24 from $0.20 to $0.44 and a commission rate of 2 per cent to be charged on the sale of all foreign currency that extends to all wire transfers, credit card transactions, and over the sales of foreign currencies, it can be expected that these will drive up the cost of living to members of the public as consumers.”

 

14 Responses to More Budget reactions

  1. John Everatt June 3, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    You can also be sure that it will create a far larger foreign currency underground than already exists.

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  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall June 3, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    I want your party get 6 sweat
    The BLP 24 seats
    The DLP none

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    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman June 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      I like you way of thinking any other party can be opposition but the Dems.

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    • Boyce Jr Angus
      Boyce Jr Angus June 4, 2017 at 2:00 am

      I want de dlp get two seats… Lol…..just two donville& pitbull let de rest see that we see their evil & raise them two……some serious karm poker lol

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    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman June 4, 2017 at 9:36 am

      well one time I would have said yes to de pitbull because from the onset he said the tax measures was wrong. However he voted party line so he about getting as much out of us till election time. Well Inniss just oozing am the future ah de party which he is not, he too in your face trying to be de next leader. Plus he also voted along party lines. Both giving impressions dat dem wid the populace while ensuring dem security by voting party lines not people who dem get put dey to represent.

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  3. Mark My Word June 3, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Time is now for a third party BLP/DLP now void of Ideas to take this Great Country forward

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  4. Peter June 3, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Ms. Lynette Eastmond, I know , not think, that you are an intelligent, well spoken political hopeful who has a lot to offer Barbados. I therefore urge you to anchor yourself in the parish of St. John. You as a Barbadian individual is far more suited to that constituency than Mara Thompson who is riding on the Legacy of her late husband. neither the BLP nor the DLP has done anything of worthwhile good for the voters in that parish constituency. They stand to get far better representation from you as an independent than in a ruling party. Why? You will represent a major part of the balance of power should it be another close call. all this together with your profound knowledge of foreign trade and investment will no doubt serve as an asset to this island. I hope you take my advice and run in St. John. You cannot and will not beat Dr. David Estwick. He is very6 educated, knowledgeable and clever.

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  5. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    This party waited to late to set up a foundation,ya needed at least four candidate that are know to the people even if you all had Owen,you all might stand a chance,we are fed up with Bs and Ds and would take ninja if he run for a seat.

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  6. concern bajan voter June 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Peter,
    I would like to refresh your memory of the work done in St John under the BLP.
    Go and check and you will discover that bath restoration was done under the BLP and opened by David Thompson.
    Also many roads in districts were also done under the BLP.
    It is the DLP that have neglected St John.

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  7. Ras June 3, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Bath restoration vs Ultra modern Health Centre that was neglected for 14 yrs. wait you now wake up sit down and catch yuh self lil bit.
    You can’t see the post office and fire station in Four Roads now that was an eye sore. You are one Confused bajan voter

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  8. Milli Watt June 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I feeling that suggestion about reducing the size of government………lets see 11 parishes equals 11 representatives and four subs equals 15. I want to hear this Lynette person on this.

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  9. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 4, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Yawn…..

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  10. BaJan boy June 4, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Boyce Jan Angus the worse 2 to win seats,then we will have two opposition leaders in the same party. Neither of them will vote for the other and both want to be leaders on way to Prime Ministership…those are the same that voted for a budget they disagreed with that affects you negatively why would you care if they win…

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  11. Milli Watt June 4, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I wonder if dis group got anybody running down my side

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