The House of Assembly Wednesday night approved spending of $1.8 billion for the next financial year beginning April 1.
The Appropriation Bill 2017 providing “for the grant of a sum of money out of the Consolidated Fund and the appropriation of the same for the service of Barbados” was passed by 15 votes to 12, with the Opposition Barbados Labour Party voting as a block against the measure.
The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation received the highest tranche of $283.5 million, followed by the Ministry of Health with $244.9 million.
The Ministry of Tourism and International Transport will have $181.851 million to spend, while the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs received $165.417 million.
Of note is the fact that no provisions were made for salary increases for public servants, on whose behalf the National Union of Public workers negotiates.
The union has threated industrial action unless Government returns to the negotiating table for a discussion of the NUPW’s demand for a 23 per cent pay rise.