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Warmington questions late salaries for MPs

Friday, April 25, 2014    

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MEMBERS of Parliament who were not paid yesterday, despite receiving their pay slips from Parliament, will be paid today, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart assured the MPs yesterday.

Member of Parliament for South West St Catherine Everald Warmington raised the issue at the start of sitting of the House of Representatives, stating that he was among a number of Opposition MPs who had received their pay slips, but were either paid a portion of their salary, or no salary at all.

Peart said he had a meeting with the accounting staff to discuss the matter, and was satisfied that full salaries would be paid by today. But Warmington was not satisfied. He said that he was not at the meeting, and therefore was due an explanation as to what exactly led to the full salaries not being sent to the bank, although the pay slips were delivered.

"I would like to know if this is the situation which exists with the payment of all public sector workers?" Warmington asked. Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips, who had arrived just prior to the exchange, assured the House that there were no hiccups with salary payments to Government workers this month.

"All the resources necessary (to make the salary payments) were made available by the Accountant General to Parliament," Dr Phillips said. He added that, if there were any issues, they would be connected with the transfers from Parliament to the respective members' accounts.

However, Warmington said that, while e-mails were sent to some MPs informing them of the problem, it appeared that none was sent to the Opposition MPs.

Peart said he couldn't explain that, but assured the House that salaries would be in the bank by today.

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