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Dec 6, 2018

$650K for Christmas Cheer Programme

Prime Minister Dean Barrow has made it quite clear that he makes no apology for the distribution of what has become the yearly Christmas Cheer. U.D.P. Area Representatives are given twenty-five-thousand-dollars, while constituencies represented by an opposition member are given twelve thousand, five hundred dollars. Some have criticized Barrow’s Christmas Cheer programme, saying that the distribution of monies is inequitable. The monies have been prepared and despite rumors, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight told the press on Wednesday that U.D.P. caretakers are not getting a single cent.

 

Joseph Waight

Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary

“The allocation was for members of the National Assembly only so the government side got twenty five thousand each, Opposition got twelve and a half and the Prime Minister explained why.”

 

Reporter

“There is a discrepancy then though in the six hundred and fifty thousand, that does not add up.”

 

Joseph Waight

“No?  I’ll have to check it. I thought it did.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“So U.D.P. caretakers did not receive any Christmas Cheer?”

 

Joseph Waight

“No.”

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