Saturday, April 20, 2024

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Our mistake! The Government of Barbados has for the first time admitted a recent decision by the Treasury Department to stop persons already receiving National Insurance disability benefits from also receiving pensions from the Treasury was the wrong thing to do, and will be reversed.

“It is hurting people, and it is a decision that should not have been made,” Minister of Labour Colin Jordan told the country on a local call-in programme yesterday.

His admission came on Down To Brasstacks yesterday as president of the Democratic Labour Party, Verla De Peiza, challenged the current political administration on a number of its policies dating back to last year, inclusive of establishment of the water and sewage levy, removal of road tax, increase in bus fares and the hiring of British consultancy firm, White Oak Advisory Ltd.

“When a review was done on the matter of the Pensions Act, based on the letter from the Accountant General, it was felt that two pensions were being given, and persons were only entitled to one. We’ve made a decision as a Government that what happened before will be returned, and so that is going to be reversed,” the minister revealed. (BA)

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