27 Mar 2015

Cooks govt supplements its finances

8:04 am on 27 March 2015

The Cook Islands government's executive council has allocated an additional $1.3 million US dollars to pay for new coins and to top up the civil list budget.

The coins are to go into circulation in August as part of the country's 50th anniversary celebrations.

The remaining money will be used for a variety of purposes, including 'topping up' the civil list budget, which pays for politicians' pay, housing, and travel costs.

Financial Secretary Richard Neves said the money would also be used for to pay for school security guards and the social impact fund.

The civil list has recently come under the spotlight, with the Democratic Party accusing the Cook Islands Party of overspending on overseas travel.