Ministers urged to take temporary pay cut

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    Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on Government Ministers to take a temporary 5% salary cut.

    Mrs Persad-Bissessar delivered her official response to the 2021 Budget today, kicking off debate on the Appropriation Bill in the House of Representatives.

    Speaking on the impact of COVID-19, she says the move will show solidarity for all the citizens who are being affected.

    The Opposition Leader also raised questions about the disbursement of COVID-19 grants to citizens, and called for a forensic investigation.

    The Opposition Leader also accused the Government of depriving the Police Service of proper funding, with less money allocated for 2021.

    According to her, approximately $516 million was allocated in fiscal 2020, while only about $335 million has been listed for fiscal 2021 for goods and services.

    She also claimed that the TTPS didn’t even receive all of the money promised to it in 2020, which has now put them in an unfortunate position.

    Regarding the contentious Property Tax, Mrs Persad-Bissessar criticized not just the decision to move ahead with it, but also the decision to begin with residential properties.

    She believes as well that the tax will lead to higher rents, as the cost will be passed on to tenants.