13 Apr 2010

Pay increase for Solomons MPs justified

9:51 pm on 13 April 2010

All members of parliament in Solomon Islands have been given an 11 percent pay increase.

The Parliamentary Entitlements Commission approved the across the board pay increase as well as increasing MPs monthly fuel allowance and vehicle allowance among other increases.

The Commission came under criticism last year after it awarded 7,000 US dollars to spouses of members of Parliament, with the award later quashed by the High Court.

The chair of the Commission Waeta Ben Tabusasi says the pay rise this year is justified.

"The increase is made because they haven't got an increase for the last three or so years while the public service have their increase in 2009 and 2010 respectively."

Waeta Ben Tabusasi says the fuel allowance increase is due to the rising cost of fuel, and the vehicle allowance increase is made to encourage MPs to buy their own cars.