Laville drafting pension increase proposal

POSTED: 07/28/11 12:35 PM

St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) Party faction leader Romain Laville has announced that he’s in the final stages of crafting a proposal for an increase in pensions. The initiative, which he began working on seven months ago, is one of six he intends to submit within the first parliamentary year that ends on September 12.

Laville gave few details of the proposal beyond that it would cover AOV and AOW. He also did not give a date for submission, stating only that he was hoping it would pass and be implemented “sometime in 2012.” As part of his preparation Laville requested and received information on the current pension here and in other islands, the number of pensioners registered as living here for the first six months of 2011and how much pensioners have to pay out for statutory contributions. Based on those figures Laville has calculated an increase that has passed muster with the Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto and the Deputy Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger.

“I don’t want to say how much it is right now. In fact the only other people who know the figure are the Minister of Finance and the Deputy Prime Minister, who is our party leader,” Laville said

“I also plan now as part of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts to speak with the Social and Sickness Insurance (SZV) so that I can have more information, but for now I just wanted to give assurances that the things I said I would do as part of my campaign, including relief to the elderly, is being worked on,” Laville added.

The UP faction leader also announced on Wednesday that he’ll be tabling alternative tariffs for GEBE to the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication as a further contribution to the discussions on providing relief and “helping the people to live again.”

“I also want to look at the poverty line, the high energy costs and the high food costs,” Laville said.

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