Payments to CPA members increased by Cabinet

| 29/04/2022 | 69 Comments
Cayman News Service
CPA Chairman Ian Pairaudeau

(CNS): The Central Planning Authority members will now be getting more money for attending their fortnightly meetings, according to a summary of the Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, 12 April. There was no indication as to what the members were receiving before this increase but the ministers agreed to up the stipend so that the board chairman, currently Ian Pairaudeau, will now receive $800 per meeting. The deputy chair, currently Handel Whittaker, will receive $600 and all other members will receive $400.

The meetings are held every two weeks, sometimes more often if there are a large number of planning applications being made. They usually begin at 10am and continue until the end of the office day, depending on the length of the agenda.

Stipends paid to board members across government companies, statutory authorities, councils and commissions vary significantly, ranging from nothing at all to thousands of dollars per meeting.

A report by the Office of the Auditor General, “Key Management Personnel Remunerations and Board Compensations”, which was limited to statutory authorities and government companies over the two-year period 2016 and 2017, found that some board members were very well compensated.

Significantly, the chair, deputy chair and five board members for CIMA were paid $4,000, $2,000 and $1,500 each month. For OfReg, the stipends per month were $4,500, $2,500 for the chair and deputy chair and $2,000 each for the four other board members. The OfReg Board met 16 times over the two years.

Auditors Oversight Authority members are the highest paid per meeting, which are held quarterly. The chair, deputy chair and the one other member receive $12,000, $9,000 and $6,000 respectively per meeting. However, the majority of board members of the 25 SAGC boards received a few hundred dollars or nothing at all.

The report did not include the CPA as it is not a statutory authority. It is impossible to tell from the planning ministry’s past annual reports what the payments were before this recent hike.

See the list of CPA members in the CNS Library here.

See the full OAG report in the CNS Library here.

See the latest Cabinet Post Meeting Summary in the CNS Library here.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    It is very interesting how CIG looks out for its own favorites, but, when it is responsible for self-created problems, it tries to crank up the pressure on those that suffer detrimentally for it, unless they fight back in a public forum. Some things are need to change, and soon.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Increase Jury Fees!!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Stupid people know everything.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    They should be forced to donate all their earnings to rewilding Cayman to compensate future generations for the environmental destruction they have caused and decades of poor planning decisions.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how many persons on the various boards refuse the payments? I did for every board I sat on in the past.
    I was still earning a salary for that time as my employer cnsidered it a service to the country in which they made a very good income.
    If board members are accepting a board payment and collecting salary for their time they should be double shamed. Those retired individuals that do not actually need the compensation should also be ashamed.
    It is a service to our country.

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  6. Two Cents says:

    The scariest part about this isn’t the $$’s; it’s the fact that it clearly says that the PACT cabinet thinks this group is doing a great job.
    Lord help us please.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    ….and yet Government cautions the private sector about its impact on our cost of living?! How hypocritical!

    Many stupid, greed-driven, unnecessary Government fees are collected from our wallets to support this kind of shit!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Very true. The private sector, who want make a living honestly, get punished for mismanagement of the public purse and bad governance.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi CNS. The OfReg stipend paid to board members is per month – not per meeting. (page 26 of the report)

    CNS: You’re right. I’ve corrected CIMA, too.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Blame leaders like Mackeeva and Panton (the new UDP)

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Are these earnings “pensionable?”

    Are their employers paying them for the same time?

    Do the Governor, Auditor General, Franzie and whoever the F&@# is in charge of good governance around here think this is all spiffy?

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    • Anonymous says:

      5:42. These are all private sector boards members. I though the private sector didn’t need government intervention.

      You elected the people who made these decisions. Stop asking public servants to clean up your mess.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Vote buying and systems of grace and favor are crimes. We pay hundreds of civil servants to prevent, detect and punish those responsible for crimes.

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        • Uno Itztru says:

          I must be missing something. Where are all these hundreds of people who prevent, detect and punish those responsible? I haven’t seen anyone doing anything other than help themselves.. ……. and they have been VERY good at that!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Board of CIMA 4,000 per meeting? LOL Isn’t that a former Managing Partner in Maples – doesn’t have enough money! Do me a favour!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Wasn’t Wayne Panton chairman of CIMA ? Wow money takes care of money I guess

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    • Anonymous says:

      Isn’t there also a former Managing Partner of Maples on the anti-corruption commission? Very skilled people. Is that one paid for their participation on the ACC? What does that pay?

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      • Anonymous says:

        I say, has the Anti-Corruption Commission ever done anything to stop corruption in our government?? Have they ever brought any charges against anyone???
        Perhaps someone could give us some history on the activity they have been involved in to stop corruption in our government. As far as I know, nobody has ever been accused or tried for any act of corruption!

        ISN’T THAT STRANGE?

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        • Anonymous says:

          7;04 come out of your cave. Why don’t you just Google the ACC. You do know what Google is?

          The ACC has done an good job.

          Get help if you don’t know the many arrests and convictions attained by the ACC.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Status grants? First Cayman Bank? Gasboy? Magic Condos? Planning Permissions? Care pay? Driveway Paving? Stipend Fraud?

            Hell, even Trainergate.

            The failure of the police to act in ANY of those apparent cases of corruption/illegality?

            What does the ACC do again?

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            • Anonymous says:

              They haven’t done squat to help the people of the Cayman Islands that I would brag about! Are you associated with them?

            • Anonymous says:

              You missed out lots. Seemingly stolen topsoil, blind eye to numbers racket, disappearing drugs and evidence, inability to confide in police, drugs and phones common in prison, jobs for the boys at every turn, …

  12. Anonymous says:

    Seems excessive. $100 seems reasonable, part of the reason to serve on a board is the “service” to community.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    The most useless if all OfReg paying that much money to the board is outrageous!

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  14. Eye roller says:

    How about releasing some of these busy and wealthy board members who can’t roll up to rubber stamp mangrove rape for less than a grand a month, and inviting some knowledgeable environmentalists to take their seats instead?

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  15. Anonymous says:

    I just had a quick scan of the British Virgin Islands Commission of Inquiry report, and I dare anyone to replace “BVI” with “Cayman Islands” and say that it is far off target.
    https://bvi.gov.vg/media-centre/statement-his-excellency-governor-john-rankin-cmg-regarding-commission-inquiry-report

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Well at least we’re not paying them for all the research and reading they do outside of the meetings!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yet planning tribunal members who carry a heavy load in preparing for hearings, are paid a pittance compared to other board remunerations.
      Still , better than JP’s who get paid nothing for hours of duty as well as dealing with police warrant requests.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Government has really got to get a standardised schedule of pay for boards & committees.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    “Good ole boys” taking care of “good ole boys.” makes me ashamed of our country.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    So more money to continue to destroy our islands. Some real f-ery in these islands. Cayman is not a real place.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    CNS are the figures quoted annual compensation or monthly?

    CNS: Per meeting.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    This is going to be an unpleasant opinion, but I wouldn’t give up virtually the whole day every two weeks to sit on this board for less than $100/hr. I’m a professional and my time is valuable. This boar meets a lot and I’d hate to sit on it.

    What board members are paid (for all these boards) should be commensurate with their qualifications for being there and the value they create by their presence. I’ve seen recent appointments to Ofreg board of people with no experience whatsoever in the sector; that board and the department as a whole is failing miserably at its task. Sit the right people on the board, match the stipends to their qualifications (which they should have BEFORE they’re appointed to the board) and be done with it.

    One thing I will say is the CPA has way too many people on it. For the most part they all have roughly the same opinions on every application and there’s no need to have such a huge volume of board members.

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    • Anonymous says:

      “For the most part they all have roughly the same opinions on every application”

      What is this comment based on? Are you privy to the deliberation and voting? Do you know decisions are by majority vote and some might win or lose by one members vote? How is that “same opinions”?

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        Yeah, they vote in secret. What a great idea. No one takes responsibility for anything.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Because I’ve sat on the meetings multiple times and read the minutes from them dip$#it.

        And I said for the most part.

        We only really read about the big projects that have some sort of issue to discuss and debate. But the vast majority of planning applications are straightforward, simple, and agreed on by almost the entire board. Therefore my comment stands: for the most part they mostly agree…and therefore it is not necessary to have sooooo many of them paid on the board. Maybe you bring in extras for more opinions on the big controversial projects but for all the little boiler plate stuff it’s overkill and expensive.

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        • Anonymous says:

          You seem like a really well balanced and patient individual. I’m glad you have made decisions that will have an impact on all of our great grand children and beyond.

          Not a paper Caymanian by any chance?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Right, so you make a good living. Perhaps you can volunteer some time then for the good of the community?

    • Anonymous says:

      CNS – The “read more” option in effect on both of this poster’s comments was redundant. There was no more. Seeing this occurring very frequently. Amounts to an irritating extra click to get to the thumbs buttons. Sorry.

      CNS: I appreciate the feedback. I thought I’d give this a try but I can only set the word count (which I can change) before the ‘Read more’. Is it more irritating than it’s worth?

  22. Anonymous says:

    The gravy train chugs along unabated. Don’t environmentally and efficiently dumb appointees have good paying day jobs? No doubt they do but that must be so mundane when you can get paid for ola.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    Yup. They need it.
    Labor of love.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    so how many reccomendations of the miller-shaw and e&y reports have been implemented?

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    • Anonymous says:

      What a damn shame! The majority of Caymanians live paycheck to paycheck, work two jobs and still can’t see the light of day. These board members who have wealth already and successful businesses getting an increase in their stipend, (which in my opinion they shouldn’t be getting to start with), all I can say again is this is a damn shame!!!!! At the end of the day this Govt is no different from the previous set, the only thing they’re concerned about is ppl wearing a damn mask!!!!! Smdh

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  25. Anonymous says:

    Spend, spend, spend. Grace and favor. All the expertise they could dream of is available for free, as a public service. These bastards are bankrupting us!

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  26. Anonymous says:

    I wish I could demand more money for coming to work and get it as easily as these boards and ministries/authorities. Even better, I wish I could determine and vote for my own salary increase like lawmakers.

    What a time to be alive

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Good money to just say approved.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Have you actually looked at the decision lists for the past 6 months? You couldnt have to make that comment.

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