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Budget date yet to be decided – Premier Smith

- said date to be decided & agreed upon between him & Speaker of the House of Assembly Honourable Ingrid A. Moses
Premier and Minster of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith said the date for the presentation of the National Budget is yet to be decided, as had been accurately reported by this news site that tomorrow Monday January 25, 2016 is not Budget Day. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO/File
Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Ingrid A. Moses. Photo: VINO/File
Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Ingrid A. Moses. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minster of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith said the date for the presentation of the National Budget is yet to be decided, confirming our newsroom’s accurate report on January 20, 2016 that tomorrow Monday January 25, 2016 is not Budget Day.

He was speaking on Thursday January 21, 2016 at a press conference held at the Central Administration Complex during which he dealt with a number of pressing issues.

“First of all the due date of the budget address will be decided and agreed between myself and Speaker of the House of Assembly Ingrid A. Moses sometime and then an announcement will be made. We haven’t made that decision as yet,” he said.

Our newsroom had confirmed that the Sitting of Monday January 25, 2016, which is the Sixth Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly, is not Budget Day as had been inaccurately reported by some media houses.

However, when our newsroom made contact on January 19, 2016 with our traditional senior National Democratic Party (NDP) sources, they confirmed those media reports to be untrue.

The same senior source confirmed that they are working on a date when the “Leader” will deliver his Budget address. “It could be a week later from the 25th of January or the following week, but it will be soon.”

It was our newsroom to first and accurately report in an article published January 9, 2016 that there was no Budget date set after Government approved a temporary spending measure last month to keep the Government running until April 2016.

8 Responses to “Budget date yet to be decided – Premier Smith”

  • ccc (24/01/2016, 09:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    the government propaganda of disinformation, their trawling of lies.
  • wize up (24/01/2016, 11:02) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I love VINO... long live VINO.... can you imagine a day without VINO......
    • @ wize up (24/01/2016, 12:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Wize up what are they putting in your Kool Aid before they give it to you????
  • 2? for the premier (24/01/2016, 11:20) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    A couple question. Why we still paying fuel charges on our electricity bill? .Fuel price is now the lowest it been in 30 yrs. Most Caribbean country already dropped their fuel charges from their electrify bill. --2/Why are we digging up our roads new and old so often?
    • answer (24/01/2016, 14:02) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      The more money they have to ///// and live their lavish life .They do not care a damn about how we live they only care about a few and them selves .
  • Ms. P (25/01/2016, 08:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one listens to the house it remains a circus
  • BuzzBvi (25/01/2016, 09:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Government also announced in line with Government policy that taxes no longer need to be filed on time. Up to 5 years late will now be acceptable. And even beyond for people who say their situation is different and they started life with no money.
    Tax forms will also no longer need to have accurate information and the use of white out or other methods of erasing irregularities will now be allowed.
    It is hope that he benefits of these arrangement will be that companies and residents will no longer need to budget their expenditure as the figures can be adjusted to whatever is necessary later.
  • WTF (25/01/2016, 19:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every year government pass the budget with figures they pull out of a barrel. It is years that the Peebles Hospital and Water and Sewerage have not submitted their financial reports. So how is the government's budget accurate, without financial reports from all Government Departments. NDP government is taking us down a slippery slope.


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