17 Apr 2013

Solomon Islands MPs to receive fourfold increase in end-of-term payout

9:07 am on 17 April 2013

Solomon Islands MPs are set to receive a fourfold increase of their completion payout when they leave Parliament in September next year.

The Solomon Star reports the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission has approved the increase from 14,000 US dollars to 56,000 US dollars for parliamentarians finishing their four-year term.

The commission also approved increases to politicians' fuel allowance and overseas travel allowance.

The Government has to secure 2.8 million US dollars to meet its obligation for the 50 exiting MPs.

Last week the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo withdrew a bill aimed at keeping former prime ministers on the government payroll to the order of about 17,500 US dollars a year, for the rest of their life.