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US consultants working on draft housing policy

US consultants working on draft housing policy

| 17/06/2024 | 25 Comments

(CNS): Public Works LLC, the US-based consultants contracted by the UPM government to draft the Cayman Islands’ first housing policy, has begun work on that document, according to ministry officials. Since winning the CI$276,750 contract last October, the consultants have carried out a public consultation, including an online survey, and met with stakeholders and focus […]

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CEO bemoans meagre pension for CAL staff

CEO bemoans meagre pension for CAL staff

| 10/06/2024 | 95 Comments

(CNS): Retired Cayman Airways Ltd (CAL) workers are facing a bleak future as the private pensions they accumulated are nowhere near enough to live on and they do not have post-retirement healthcare. Answering a question at the Public Accounts Committee hearing last week from Bernie Bush MP (WBN) about former airline staff struggling on meagre […]

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Population growth fuels public concern for new plan

Population growth fuels public concern for new plan

| 07/06/2024 | 58 Comments

(CNS): Unchecked population growth that is fueling the rampant over-development of the Cayman Islands should be at the heart of the public conversation on shaping the development plan, people who attended the first of the planning ministry’s meetings on its draft Planning Statement made clear on Tuesday. This vague overview of what the Cayman Islands […]

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Cabinet seeks FOI extension for housing report request

Cabinet seeks FOI extension for housing report request

| 30/04/2024 | 16 Comments

(CNS): As the current government’s poor transparency record continues to worsen, the Cabinet Office has asked for another 30 days before releasing any part of a key report and other related documents on the issue of housing. After the government refused to respond to a media request for a copy of the report generated by […]

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UPM green-lights new 2045 target in energy policy

UPM green-lights new 2045 target in energy policy

| 22/04/2024 | 48 Comments

(CNS): Cabinet has finally approved an updated National Energy Policy more than seven months after the draft was published. In a press release about the decision to accept the revised and more ambitious plan, drafted under Wayne Panton as the sustainability minister, the Cayman Islands Government acknowledged that the process needs to move more quickly, […]

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UPM issues policy priority document up to 2026

UPM issues policy priority document up to 2026

| 08/04/2024 | 52 Comments

(CNS): With a year to go before Cayman Islands voters go to the polls, the United People’s Movement Government has released a new document to cover its strategic priorities between now and 2026, which appears to be based on the broad outcome in the budget and strategic policy statement delivered by Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly last […]

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$1M set aside to start low-cost homes on the Bluff

$1M set aside to start low-cost homes on the Bluff

| 20/03/2024 | 32 Comments

(CNS): Four years since the Sister Islands Affordable Housing Development Corporation last built an affordable home on Cayman Brac, it will soon begin building two new housing developments on Bluff land purchased by the Cayman Islands Government. Over CI$1 million has been allocated over the next two years to build the developments, named The Highlands […]

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Survey launched to help UPM with housing challenge

Survey launched to help UPM with housing challenge

| 20/03/2024 | 49 Comments

(CNS): Almost two years after the government established a cross-ministerial task force to examine the housing crisis in the Cayman Islands and develop a policy, it is now seeking ideas from the public. Fuelled by competing demands and exceptionally high prices, the housing market in Cayman has become unaffordable for almost all but the very […]

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Civil servants to get more time with newborns

Civil servants to get more time with newborns

| 13/03/2024 | 39 Comments

(CNS): New mothers who work for the civil service will in future enjoy an additional four weeks of maternity leave, up from 90 working days to 110, with an increase in the paid portion from 30 working days on normal pay to 60 days. New fathers will now get 20 working days of paternity leave, […]

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Data suggests Cayman can sustain $10 minimum wage

Data suggests Cayman can sustain $10 minimum wage

| 11/03/2024 | 76 Comments

(CNS): Pressure from the business community led the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee (MWAC) to recommend an increase to the national basic pay of just CI$2.75 per hour, rising from the current meagre CI$6 to $8.75 per hour, even though their research and data from the Economics and Statistics Office indicated that businesses could manage an […]

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Downtown GT road work to continue 50 feet at a time

Downtown GT road work to continue 50 feet at a time

| 08/03/2024 | 19 Comments

(CNS): Work on the roads and the paving of parts of George Town is moving to the next stage of the National Roads Authority’s Traffic Diversion Plan, which is part of the Central Business District Enhancement Project (CBDEP). According to an update from the infrastructure ministry, work will be carried out in sections of about […]

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