22 Mar 2010

Solomon's government said to be struggling to pay constituency tithes

10:20 am on 22 March 2010

The Government in Solomon Islands is believed to be under pressure to pay each of the 50 Constituencies US$13,000 in tithes, despite its revenue collection projection for the first quarter of this year falling below target.

Initially, the government was requested to pay only US$8,500, which had been allowed for in this year's budget.

But the Solomon Star Times is quoting sources as saying the government does not have the money to pay the increased amounts

The money advanced to MPs this year was to help with payment of school fees in their constituencies.

It was to be reimbursed when the first payment of the Rural Constituency Development Fund grants was made.

Taiwan paid the first installment last week.