T.S.I DESCRIBED TERMINAL GRANTS AS “UNREASONABLE & UNJUSTIFIABLE”

Chair of Transparency Solomon Islands Mrs. Ruth Liloqula. Photo:Courtesy of Solomon Times.

Chair of Transparency Solomon Islands Mrs. Ruth Liloqula. Photo:Courtesy of Solomon Times.

Anti corruption watchdog, the Transparency Solomon Islands has described the $400,000.00 terminal grants of Members of Parliament as ‘unreasonable’ and ‘unjustifiable’.

Members of Parliament were entitled to only a $100,000.00 in terminal grants until the PEC increased the amount to $400,000.00.

The increase was published in April last year.

But in March this year, the PEC reduced the amount to $200,000.00.

Transparency Solomon Islands says, the amendment to decrease the amount was never published in the Gazette on April 1 this year.

In a statement today, the TSI Chair Ruth Liloqula says the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission decision to increase the terminal grant is constitutional, but it cannot just impose any decision without substantiating them.

Ms Liloqula said the Constitution requires the PEC to consider factors like cost of living and other economic or financial considerations when it determines, reviews or amends the PER.

She said the poor state of economic growth, social services and social and economic infrastructure suggests that the PEC made no
such consideration when this decision was made.

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