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MPs and SDC dispute intensifies, Warmington accuses SDC head of 'disrespect'

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2016 | 6:31 PM
Everald Warmington

 Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

The dispute between the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee of Parliament and the Social Development Commission (SDC) has intensified with parliamentarians now demanding millions reportedly owed to constituencies.

Chairman of the committee Everald Warmington made the demand with the backing of members after getting an update on efforts to resolve an issue with fees charged by the SDC to implement educational programmes.

MPs want the fees reduced from five per cent of the total project cost to at least a half.

MPs have argued that the fees charged by the SDC to implement the education programmes limit the number of people who would ultimately benefit from the initiatives.

However, the SDC which has resisted past attempts to reduce the fee arguing that it is costly to implement the programmes.

Most MPs use the SDC to implement their educational programmes and the agency would charge the fee per MP.

This morning, the head of the CDF unit in the Office of the Prime Minister Moveta Munroe told the parliamentary committee that the SDC's executive director Dr Dwayne Vernon regarded it as pointless to meet with him over the matter.

According to her, Vernon said the issue should be taken to the SDC's board.

However, committee member Mikael Phillips who is the  MP for Manchester North West said Vernon was employing a diversionary tactic.

Warmington then declared that Vernon's comments were out of order.

 

Chairman of the CDF Committee of Parliament, Everald Warmington

The St Catherine South West MP said given the SDC's stance, MPs will be demanding the $174 million he claims the commission owes constituencies.

The money was accumulated because the SDC did not spend funds it received from MPs through the CDF for projects in their constituencies.