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Secretaries Answers to Questions


  1. The Minority Leader asked the Chief Secretary and Secretary of

Finance, Trade and the Economy the following question:

As it relates to the Ex-Gratia payment promised by December 25th, 2021 to every Tobago House of Assembly worker during the campaign leading up to the December 6th, 2021 elections, will the Chief Secretary please indicate the following:

(a) What is the status of the ex-gratia payments promised to all THA workers;

(b) How much money will be paid to each THA worker to whom such a payment applies?

(c) What is the total estimated cost of these payments across Divisions of the Tobago House of Assembly?

Thank you, Mr. Dep. Presiding Officer - a very brave question indeed.

Mr. Dep. Presiding Officer, with regards to the  ex-gratia payment that was promised to every Tobago House of Assembly  worker during the election campaign and was promised to be delivered by  December 25th, 2021,I have publicly announced previously, that such  payments are delayed.I can inform the House that at this time, that  these ex-gratia payments will be made available at the end of this  fiscal year. The fiscal year ends in September.

Additionally, it is too early to determine how  much would be paid per Tobago House of Assembly worker (THA), as I  previously publicly announced that the ex-gratia payment will be as  funds are available.

Thirdly, the total cost would only be determined  by the number of workers across the Divisions of the Tobago House of  Assembly at the time of payment. Therefore, it is too early to be able  to give an accurate estimate of the total number of costs. Ball park  figure, however, will be somewhere in the region of twenty million  dollars ($20m).

3rd Plenary Sitting Tobago House of Assembly 2021 - 2025 Session


24 February 2022
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