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Warmington, Finance Minister squabble over Budget for Opposition Leader's office

Published:Tuesday | April 8, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips says the Office of the Leader of the Opposition will have to hold strain like other public offices because there is not enough money.

Phillips was forced to defend the allocation to the office this morning after Opposition Member of Parliament Everald Warmington questioned a reduction of $2.1 million in compensation for employees to the office currently held by Andrew Holness.

Two million dollars instead has been set aside for utilities.

Phillips explained that the request came from the Houses of Parliament.

However, Warmington contended that this was done without consultation with the Opposition Leader.

Warmington questioned whether any staff at the Opposition Leader’s office will be dismissed.

However, Phillips explained that funds set aside for salaries in previous budgetary allocations were higher than needed and therefore, no employee will be dismissed.

The opposition leader's office is getting $106,000 more than it got last year.

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