President of the Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac has said she is hoping that this year’s budget will be tailored towards addressing many social issues facing Saint Lucia.
Isaac told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that crime is a main issue that needs serious attention and therefore she is expecting the government will put more finance into combating crime, among other things.
Besides that Isaac said the health care, education and justice systems are not functioning properly.
“So I am hoping that the budget will put the necessary financing in place, so that these systems work and things can get better in our society,” she told SNO.
Isaac also pointed out that the newly-built hospital is yet to open its doors to the public and the only reason for this is inadequate financing.
Government has announced that it will be presenting the 205/16 annual National Budget in the House of Assembly on April 28, 2015.
Following the Throne Speech, the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Assembly will meet on the same day at 3:00pm to review the Estimates of Expenditure for submission to the House for debate.
The debate on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure will take place on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday April 30, 2015.
On conclusion of the debate on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, The House of Assembly will re-convene on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, for the presentation of the Budget Address by Dr. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
The Budget Debate will be held on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15, 2015.