Abrahams wants to know where the NSRL funds are going

Opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams has questioned the need by Government to hike the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) to ten per cent.

Speaking in the Senate during debate on the Amendment of the National Social Responsibility Levy Bill 2017 he took issue with Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler’s recent announcement in the House of Assembly that since July the levy had raised $50 million.

“It is greed that keeps this levy at the level it is at,” Abraham argued while recalling that when the tax on the customs value of imported and locally produced goods was first introduced last year it was expected to enhance the operations of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and purchase trucks for the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA).

However, he expressed concern that the funds were not used for the stated purpose, saying he had not heard of any tangible benefits to the operations of either the QEH or the SSA.

“The two per cent levy was supposed to buy trucks for the SSA. The SSA has not bought a tyre far less a truck. If the initial funds did not go to the purpose for which it was raised, then I question what is the real purpose,” Abrahams said.

“ How was that $50 million spent? None of that has gone to the QEH . . .  none of the $50 million has gone to the stated purposes. This is more money to throw away. I am sure that every cent of that $50 million has already been spent,” the Opposition spokesman added.

With elections around the corner, Abraham went further to point out that “we had issues during the last general elections where there was a lot of talk about vote buying
. . . about corruption in Government over the last couple of years.

“It is all about the place with people discussing it,” he said, while calling for greater transparency and for Government to say precisely how the NSRL funds were being spent.

12 Responses to Abrahams wants to know where the NSRL funds are going

  1. Shelley Parris
    Shelley Parris October 25, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    You and me both….

  2. Star Wood
    Star Wood October 25, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I want to know too clearly its not developing the country nor paying debts

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba October 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm


  3. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome October 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Off shore banks

  4. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome October 25, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    When you get in Sir We need bus service back in Chancery Lane. Low low say everybody up here got cars far from it. And Fairy valley buses running wid two ppl besides de driver Silver Sands buses running empty and ppl living in Chancery lane walking through de sun and rain trying to get home. Stupseeee

  5. M.m. Cumberbatch
    M.m. Cumberbatch October 25, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I thought ssa trucks were on the way already. Since before nsrl.

  6. Aquarius Rastress
    Aquarius Rastress October 25, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I was wondering my dam self.

  7. Darson October 25, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Is Abrahams a Senator ?
    what nonsense is he asking ,where is the money going ?.
    why not ask where is the VAT and other taxes collected by the private sector and not being and into the Treasury ,where is it going and where is it kept.
    NSRL is paying our Debts and keeping the services going.
    no devaluation no massive lay off .
    I can see why you are disappointed .
    they are some of your expectations. But 10 Points To Chris And DLP

  8. archy perch October 26, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Abrahams always comes across as being so viciously angry while on his hind legs in the Senate.
    He can shake hands in that mode with BLP MP, Edmund Hinckson and MP, Ronald Toppin.
    It could be a mental health matter.
    One seems to overlook these cases,depending on who is involved.
    But not only the lower echelons of our society can be characterized of being mad, and in need of attention from jenkins. Abrahams will lose his deposit.

  9. andy g October 26, 2017 at 7:47 am

    are you a clown Mr Abraham?Mr. Sinckler may not known what he is doing,but how the hell you saying he aint spend any nsrl money on the hospital.wont that take a little time to sort out .pls pls pls .politicians make non party ites real sick with they B.S

  10. Randolph October 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Archy, Who now in their right mind would re-elect Dennis Lowe?Have you heard Patrick King lately?

  11. Thunder October 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Way to go Mr.Abraham’s,keep the pressure on!we demand to know where the money is going!they area a bunch of political vampires sucking the financial life out the people,their heads are too far up their butts to see the truth,they are greedy politians who do not care about the poor.
    They are political pimps who will continue to oppress the poor for financial gain, they have no integrity,political pimps who continue to use and abuse the good people of Barbados for selfish gain, yet remember anyone who oppresses the poor to become rich will themselves become poor,because it shall become a curse this is why I say for them out!


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