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Abuse led to 800% budget overrun at dump

Abuse led to 800% budget overrun at dump

| 02/10/2018 | 38 Comments
(CNS): Government has finally released a series of internal audit reports documenting abuse and mismanagement of overtime payments at the Department of Environmental Health, which led to an eye-watering 2016/17 budget overspend of 796% — more than CI$2.24 million. The audit, which started in Nove [...]

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Airport audit to remain under wraps

Airport audit to remain under wraps

| 26/09/2018 | 41 Comments
(CNS): An interim progress report on the airport redevelopment project conducted by the Office of the Auditor General will remain under wraps for several more months because it is “a live project” that is “still commercially sensitive”.  The review, which is believed to conf [...]

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$6M more voted for healthcare costs

$6M more voted for healthcare costs

| 19/09/2018 | 73 Comments
(CNS): The opposition member for Bodden Town West, Chris Saunders, urged the health minister to consider a national health insurance plan for the Cayman Islands, after Finance Committee voted last week to give the ministry another $6.5 million to cover indigent healthcare costs for the remainder of [...]

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Boycott over as MLAs return to consider 2019 spending

Boycott over as MLAs return to consider 2019 spending

| 14/09/2018 | 8 Comments
(CNS): The opposition’s boycott of the Legislative Assembly and the suspension of deputy opposition Leader Alva Suckoo came to an end Thursday, when all of the members returned to the chamber and began working on appropriations for the 2019 spending plan within the government’s two-year [...]

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Civil servants to get 5% cost of living hike

Civil servants to get 5% cost of living hike

| 05/09/2018 | 90 Comments
(CNS): Government workers can look forward to a pay increase of 5% in their pay packets next month, which will be backdated to 1 July. Premier Alden McLaughlin announced the hike in the cost of living allowance (COLA) for civil servants on Wednesday during his address to the Legislative Assembly spe [...]

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Calls intensify for teachers’ pay hike

Calls intensify for teachers’ pay hike

| 17/08/2018 | 96 Comments
(CNS): Deputy Opposition Leader Alva Suckoo, the member for Newlands, has filed a private member’s motion for the next Legislative Assembly sitting calling on government to increase pay for all teachers on the education ministry pay-roll. The target of paying government school teachers at leas [...]

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Public purse bulging as surplus grows

Public purse bulging as surplus grows

| 13/08/2018 | 59 Comments
(CNS): With earnings up more than 8% and spending down by 5%, the government coffers are overflowing at the year’s halfway mark, with the surplus running at more than $201 million, about 50% higher than the budget forecast. Finance and Economics Minister Roy McTaggart released the unaudited fi [...]

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Opposition calls for more education spending

Opposition calls for more education spending

| 09/08/2018 | 96 Comments
(CNS) Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller is urging government to invest more cash in the education system in this budget cycle. The independent member for North Side said he plans to file a private member’s motion ahead of the next Legislative Assembly meeting calling for an injection of funds t [...]

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300 retired CIG workers get pension top-up

300 retired CIG workers get pension top-up

| 23/07/2018 | 49 Comments
(CNS): Retired civil servants who have found themselves unable to make ends meet due to their meagre pensions are now receiving top-up payments from the public purse. The plan to ensure that the 300+ former public sector workers have an income at least equal to that of seamen, veterans and those rec [...]

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CIG to buy $10M of beach land for public use

CIG to buy $10M of beach land for public use

| 09/07/2018 | 74 Comments
(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government is embarking on an island-wide spending spree to preserve beachfront property for public use in all of the districts on Grand Cayman as well as the Sister Islands. The minister for lands, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, revealed plans by her ministry to spend $1 [...]

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Premier admits conundrum of poverty

Premier admits conundrum of poverty

| 05/07/2018 | 115 Comments
(CNS): Despite what appears on paper to be a growing economy and falling unemployment rates, in Finance Committee on Tuesday the premier accepted that more people are seeking support from the Needs Assessment Unit, as he asked the members for almost $2 million more in supplementary appropriations. I [...]

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