Budgetary shortfalls compromising key government operations - Phillips
The Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips is warning that key areas of the government’s operations will be compromised by inadequacies in the budget.
He says on the recurrent side, the education budget is essentially the same in nominal terms as last year's.
With an inflation rate of five per cent and an increase in salaries of three per cent, Dr. Phillips said, essentially the education budget has been reduced by about ten per cent.
Making his contribution to the Budget Debate on Tuesday, the Opposition Spokesman said as a result, there are not enough resources to implement the planned abolition of auxiliary fees and expanded lunch programmes.
Phillips also took issue with cuts in spending on national security when crime is spiking.
He noted too that the budget for the Office of the Children’s Advocate has been cut even though it has been given added responsibilities to counteract Human Trafficking among children.