Finance law cost $16.8 million

The government hired 73 people and spent
$16.8 million to implement the Public Management and Finance Law, it was revealed
on Thursday.

Premier McKeeva Bush said since October
2003 and February 2010, government departments and ministries had hired 73
staff in accounting, support and administrative posts to implement the law.

He was responding to a
parliamentary question from the Member of the Legislative Assembly for North
Side, Ezzard Miller, on how many posts had been created, and how much salary
paid, to implement the law, which came into effect in July 2004.

Mr. Bush went on to outline the
title of each post, the salary range of each individual and the total amount
spent on that individual’s salary for those posts since October 2003.

The government is seeking a review
of the Public Management and Finance Law from Governor Duncan Taylor, which
would look at how the law and its related procedures have contributed to the
growth in the civil service.