SDC yet to meet with CDF on education-related projects fee
Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter
A meeting still has not been scheduled between the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and the Social Development Commission (SDC) over a fee the agency charges to implement education-related projects.
Members of Parliament (MP) and the SDC have been involved in a longstanding battle over the fees charged to implement educational projects.
The issue was the subject of further discussions during today’s meeting of the CDF parliamentary committee.
At the last meeting of the CDF parliamentary committee on May 31, the fund’s executive director, Moveta Munroe, committed to setting-up the meeting so the matter could be resolved before funds are disbursed.
However, committee members were left disappointed this morning after Munroe told them that she was still awaiting a response from SDC head, Dr Dwayne Vernon.
Each of the 63 MPs spent about $4 million yearly from CDF allocations on education programmes, which include tuition assistance, book grants and back to school.
The SDC has a management fee of five per cent which it imposes on the amount it gets from each MP to implement the various projects.
MPs want the fee reduced.
They argue that education programmes are considered as social welfare assistance and as such most of the money should be going towards the beneficiaries.