Friday 7th March, 2008


AG to pilot pension bill for MPs

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ATTORNEY GENERAL Bridgid Annisette-George is expected to pilot a bill in the House of Representatives today, to bring pension and gratuity payments to retired legislators to reflect the recommendations of the Salaries Review Commission (SRC).

Annisette-George said, during yesterday’s post-Cabinet news briefing, that the bill to be introduced would amend the Retirement Allowances from Legislative Service Act 2007.

She said the act dealt with “terminal benefits for legislators defined by the act as elected Members of the House of Representatives and Ministers of Government.”

The intent is to make clear provisions of the 36th and 82nd reports of the Salaries Review Commission and the Finance (No 2) Act of 2007 and the Finance (Amendment) Act 2007.

“Those two pieces of legislation sought to give effect to the Cabinet decision to accept the recommendation of the Salaries Review Commission,” the AG said.

In a review of the provisions in these two pieces of legislation, however, it was discovered that they did not capture properly the Cabinet decision, she added.

Though the two acts were passed by Parliament with the support of the opposition, Annisette-George said, the Government had decided it was “prudent that effect be given to the decision of the Cabinet that accepted without modification the recommendation of the Salaries Review Commission.”


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