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St Lucia gov’t warns voters against opposition’s tax cut promises

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 5:08 PM

The ruling St Lucia Labour Party has warned voters against accepting the promise of the opposition United Workers Party to remove the value added tax (VAT) on goods and services.

SLP deputy leader Phillip Pierre told a public meeting last night that voters can’t gamble with a man who is saying that he can stop the country from earning EC$346 million in revenue, when over EC$400 million are needed to pay civil servants, teachers, nurses and police officers.

Last week, the leader of the opposition party, Allen Chastanet, unveiled the party’s ‘Five to Stay Alive’ programme which he said would bring immediate relief to St Lucians should his party win the June 6 general election.

Chastanet said that the imposition of VAT, high unemployment, and a 66 per cent increase in the cost of pipe-borne water had impacted the nation heavily, with many people finding it difficult to manage their households.