On Tuesday, Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre informed parliament that his administration had kept its promise of a one-time payment to government pensioners.
“One of the promises we made is that we would have given pensioners a one-off payment of five hundred dollars at the end of July, Mr. Speaker and as I speak, that money is in the bank,” Pierre declared to desk thumping by government MPs.
The Castries East MP, responsible for Finance, also revealed that discussion with the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) had yielded an agreement to give all pensioners a four and a half percent increase.
Pierre indicated that the NIC would implement the measure in July this year.
Earlier, he thanked the people of Saint Lucia and his Castries East constituency for taking ‘historic action’ on July 26, 2021, in electing the 15 members on the government side.
“Mr. Speaker, it is my hope that we will continue to serve the people of Saint Lucia and put the people of Saint Lucia first to continue to battle the economic problems that we have inherited and the other problems that have come onto us – not of our own doing,” Pierre told parliament.
The PM expressed confidence that with the support of members of the house and the people of Saint Lucia, ‘we will prevail’.
Pierre thanked his cabinet colleagues and others who had worked together as a team.
“I am sure that the people of Saint Lucia have understood the situation and they will work with us for the betterment,” he stated.