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Taxpayers to foot $58m West Kingston Compensation Committee bill

Published:Thursday | February 16, 2017 | 2:06 PM
A section of the Tivoli Gardens community.

Taxpayers are to fork out a total of $58 million to cover the expenses of the West Kingston Compensation Committee.

The Government has indicated in the 2017-18 Estimates of Expenditure that it will spend $20 million on the activities of the committee in the upcoming financial year.

The provision is in addition to the $38 million that was allocated in the revised estimates that was tabled and passed in Parliament last month.

The three-member committee, which is chaired by retired Court of Appeal judge Seymour Panton, was established last October with a mandate to conduct hearings into claims for compensation from victims of the May 2010 West Kingston operation.

Justice Panton's appointment is in keeping with the recommendation of the Commission of Enquiry Report for a retired judge or senior attorney-at-law with expertise and experience in the assessment of compensation for personal injuries and death to chair the Committee.

In announcing the establishment of the committee, the Cabinet also indicated that the panel should conclude its work within nine months, which was also a recommendation in the Commission’s report.