50 years ago: Special allowance for civil servants

In the Feb. 15, 1968 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the following story appeared on the front page:

“A decision has been reached regarding the cost-of-living award to be made to civil servants upon the devaluation of the pound and this had been approved by the Executive Council as follows:

“20% on the first £500, 10% on the next £500, 5% on the next £1,000 and 2½% thereafter.

“This sliding scale is designed to give a larger increase at the bottom end of the salary scale where the effect of devaluation of the pound on the cost of living is felt most. This allowance will be made retroactive to Dec. 1, 1967, as agreed by the Legislative Assembly when it last met.

“A flat 10% has been awarded to all pensioners.

“This award is in nature a stop-gap pending the revision of civil servants’ salaries authorised by the Assembly at the budget session last December.

“The cost-of-living allowance will not count as salary for pensionable purposes and is not payable on allowances. It is anticipated that this will ultimately be absorbed when the re-grading is completed and thus eventually be included in the basic salary on which pensions are based.”

In the same edition, the following story, titled “Four U.N. advisors pay official calls,” also appeared:

“On Thursday last, several officials from the United Nations arrived. Mr. Al Syrdahl, Deputy Regional Director, Caribbean Region, United Nations Development Programme, was in the island for three days on a familiarization visit. Mr. Syrdahl took the opportunity to outline to the administration the proposed programming for the years 1968/9, indicating the ways in which the United Nations Development Programme may be able to assist Cayman during that period.

“It is through this particular program that the help and advice we received from such advisers as Mr. Thornley-Dyer and Mr. Hanson are available to us and, in the past the assistance of Dr. LaBarthe and the late Dr. D.C. Hague in the agricultural field. Help is also given in the training of our Air Traffic Controllers in Trinidad.

“Mr. H. Thornley-Dyer, Town Planner, who has been seen several times before and who is engaged in the preparation of the town plan for George Town, brought with him Mr. Robert Lameris. They met with the Regional Planning Board on Monday morning and were able to present the scale model and give detailed information of what is proposed. This model will in due course be shown to the Legislative Assembly, Chamber of Commerce and other interested bodies and an opportunity will, no doubt, also be given for the public to view it and make their comments.”

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