Category: Politics

Colin Jordan

Barbadians hunting overseas jobs – Minister of Labour

It appears Barbadians, anticipating fewer jobs opportunities here, are headed to overseas markets in search of employment. At a time when hundreds are being laid off from the public sector public sector the Barbados Employment Career Counseling Department, has seen an increase in inquiries from persons who are exploring their options to travel and work, […]

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Denis Kellman

Former minister cries foul on PAC report

A fabrication! That is how Denis Kellman, the last Minister of Housing and Lands under the former Freundel Stuart Administration, described the findings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament which accused him of intruding in the day-to-day affairs of the state-owned National Housing Corporation (NHC) to the financial detriment of the corporation. The […]

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Former Ministers of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley (left) and Dennis Kellman.

Meddling Ministers

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has reported that former Ministers of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley and Dennis Kellman over-reached their authority by micro managing the operations of the state-owned National Housing Corporation (NHC) including the award and oversight of contracts. The 74-page report for 2013-2018 which was laid and debated in the […]

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Sandra Husbands

‘Get ready for investment windfall’, business told

With more opportunities set to open up across CARICOM in the near future, Barbadian businesses are being urged to immediately raise the standard of goods and services in order to compete, Minister of Foreign Trade Sandra Husbands has said. She predicted  that within the next few years, Suriname, Haiti and Guyana will be rife with […]

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Wilfred Abrahams

More time needed for integrity laws

Don’t paint Christ Church East MP, Wilfred Abrahams, with the same brush used for all politicians. “It bothers me when I hear people say all politicians are the same,” Abrahams told the House of Assembly as he gave an update on the Integrity in Public Life Committee’s work. The committee is currently reviewing the Government’s […]

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Bishop Joseph Atherley

What’s the deal?

Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley wants Government to come clean on what benefits it was getting from the sprawling Villages at Coverley development. Atherley, who was speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, insisted that he had no nefarious motives, but it would be in the best interest of the Government and the public for disclosure on […]

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Caswell Franklyn

Franklyn: Retrenchment a ‘numbers game’

The Government’s retrenchment programme has again been slammed by Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn as a poorly thought-out numbers game to satisfy the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Furthermore, he said, the programme is now spiralling out of control. Senator Franklyn claimed that thus far Government has been unable to keep a single promise made on the […]

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Bishop Joseph Atherley

Who will pay?

The die has been cast and it is for the current Barbados Labour Party (BLP) government to ensure that the recommendations contained in the report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) 2013 – 2018 are carried out, lawmakers have insisted. At the same time, Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley is demanding answers to who will pay […]

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Bishop Joseph Atherley

Atherley calls for waivers, concessions re-think

Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley wants an overhaul of the sweeping powers of ministers to grant tax exemptions and waivers. The practice of doling out concessions or tax-write offs is cutting into Government’s revenues, he told lawmakers in Parliament today. While the Minister of Finance approves a tax waiver, various Government Ministers have, over the […]

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Ryan Straughn

$116 million due for income tax refunds

Approximately $25 million in income tax refunds have been paid out by the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) for the 2017 tax filing period, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn has disclosed. He did not say how much the total was to be paid out for that tax period. At the same time, Straughn, […]

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Bishop Joseph Atherley

Fuel tax burden

Leader of the Opposition, Bishop Joseph Atherley and Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance William Duguid, battled in Parliament today over the amount of money Barbadians were actually paying in the new tax on fuel that has replaced the annual road tax on vehicles. Bishop Atherley first took issue with a statement made by Ryan […]

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Ryan Straughn

Govt on track

The Government is on course to meeting – and beating – its target haul of $65 million from the fuel tax which has replaced the road tax, said Finance Minister Ryan Straughn. “Since the imposition of the fuel tax on July 1 up until November 10, we have so far collected $26.1 million, in amounts […]

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Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Lynette Eastmond

Biz tax cut ‘will hike taxes on people’ – UPP

Brace for an increase in taxes in light of Government’s decision to lower the domestic corporation tax rate, level with international business companies, the United Progressive Party (UPP) is warning Barbadians. In a statement issued by the UPP’s Public Relations Officer Wayne Griffith, the minority political party, which is led by former technocrat and minister […]

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Gline Clarke

Clarke: ‘Pay up housing subsidy’

A backbencher has called on Government to pay outstanding subsidies promised landowners by the previous administration under the landmark law to provide tenure at concessionary prices. St George North MP and Deputy Speaker of the House Gline Clarke recalled an amendment to the Tenantries Freehold Purchase Act in 1997 which provided that while the landlord […]

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Kirk Humphrey

‘Blame landlord cartel’ for the way we live now

Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey has decried a growing trend of landlords who were taking advantage of tenants by charging excessive rents while providing below-standard conditions. Humphrey spoke of a new, “creeping” phenomenon in which a seeming “underground cartel” of landlords was forcing housing conditions below “acceptable Barbadian standards” on […]

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Mia Mottley

Xmas gift

Prime Minister Mia Mottley gave local businesses an early Christmas present today, announcing a massive reduction in corporation tax from 25 per cent to between 1 to 5.5 per cent and she wants businesses to share the benefits with Barbadians. The development means that local businesses will now be operating here on a level playing […]

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Grenville Phillips II

S&P upgrade fails to impress Opposition parties

Two opposition political parties, including the predecessor in Government, are cautioning Barbadians against breaking out the champagne to toast the first credit rating upgrade in ten years. Solutions Barbados and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) are both contending that the upgrade, which comes after the country suffered a decade of two dozen downgrades from international […]

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