Govt to save $6M from political appointee cuts

Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela addressing the nation after his election last year

When Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela took over the Government last year, there were 51 political appointees whose annual salaries and benefits totaled more than $19 million.

By cutting the number of political appointees to 36, the Government will save more than $6 million this year.

“For the reduced number of PAs, expenditure is $12,926,064 annually,” Prime Minister Houenipwela said in Parliament on Monday.

He said the savings cover political appointees’ payroll, re-levelling and attached benefits.

By Leni Dalavera

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