Clarke Dismisses Opposition Criticisms of Budget as ‘Out of Touch’

Finance Minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, is dismissing claims by his Opposition counterpart Mark Golding that the government’s budget will benefit only the rich and will see a few benefits trickling down to the poor.

Mr Golding made the claim during his Budget presentation yesterday. Dr Nigel Clarke says the budget makes a lot of provisions for social spending. He’s describing the Opposition’s criticisms as ‘hype’.

Dr Clarke says the Opposition Spokesman on Finance is out of touch with the aspirations of ordinary Jamaicans.

In a recent media interview, the PNP Caretaker for West Central St James, and UWI Economist, Dr Andre Haughton, raised concerns that the government had not made enough provisions in the budget for public sector workers. But Dr Clarke says the comment was made in ignorance.

He says the budget is favourable to public sector workers and all Jamaicans.

Dr Nigel Clarke, Finance Minister, speaking during an online Town Hall meeting with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, broadcast live on Nationwide News’ Facebook page this morning.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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