26 Nov 2012

Consumer Council says Fiji budget will raise conditions for poor

7:31 am on 26 November 2012

Fiji's Consumer Council says the 2013 budget delivered last week will raise the standard of living of Fiji's poorest people.

Prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama's budget includes a 32 percent lift in capital expenditure with a significant portion going to roading.

More money has been earmarked for the elderly, education, housing, and a higher tax threshold will mean that people earning less than 9,000 US dollars annually won't have to pay any tax.

The CEO of Fiji's Consumer Council, Premila Kumar, says the country's poor communities will benefit.

"The focus has been on them in many areas and not only housing but the current budget has also considered reduction in electricity tarrif so again there would be some gains for consumers out there and particularly the poor."

Premila Kumar says more scholarships will also be made available to get people into trades and off welfare.