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More housing allowance requested for Att. Gen. - Hons. Skelton & Vanterpool

- currently the Attorney General, a contract employee, receives just under $2,000 per month in housing allowance
Two Government Ministers of the National Democratic Party Administration have called for better housing allowance for the Virgin Islands' Attorney General Dr. the Honourable Christopher P. Malcolm (in photo). According to David D. Archer, the Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor's Office, Dr. Malcolm currently received about two thousand dollars ($2000.00) per month in housing allowance. Photo: GIS/File
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton told the 2012 Standing Finance Committee that the country's highest legal advisor should receive a more attractive housing allowance. Hon. Skelton said the current allowance did not provide for the level of accommodation and security required for the Attorney General. Photo: GIS/File
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton told the 2012 Standing Finance Committee that the country's highest legal advisor should receive a more attractive housing allowance. Hon. Skelton said the current allowance did not provide for the level of accommodation and security required for the Attorney General. Photo: GIS/File
Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool, during the testimony of the Deputy Governor's Office on their 2013 Budget allocation, called for a report to be submitted regarding the allowances paid to the Attorney General. Hon. Vanterpool further stated that the Government needed to take the responsibility of housing the Attorney Generals more seriously. He told the Standing Finance Committee that the allowances needed to be reviewed. Photo: GIS/File
Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool, during the testimony of the Deputy Governor's Office on their 2013 Budget allocation, called for a report to be submitted regarding the allowances paid to the Attorney General. Hon. Vanterpool further stated that the Government needed to take the responsibility of housing the Attorney Generals more seriously. He told the Standing Finance Committee that the allowances needed to be reviewed. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While many Permanent Secretaries and Department Heads cannot obtain adequate funding for their Ministries, Departments or Agencies, hire the much needed human resources required to carry out their mandates, two government Ministers are advocating for a higher housing allowance for the Virgin Islands’ Attorney General Dr. the Honourable Christopher P. Malcolm.

During the 2012 House of Assembly Standing Finance Committee (SFC) hearing of the Deputy Governor’s Office to defend their 2013 budget allocation, Permanent Secretary within the Deputy Governor’s Office David D. Archer was quizzed by members about the housing allowance of the Attorney General, a Jamaican national on contract.

The Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool enquired regarding the amount of housing allowance paid to the Attorney General (AG). The Permanent Secretary-Archer told the SFC that the AG receives a housing allowance of just under two thousand dollars ($2,000) per month.  Hon. Vanterpool requested that a report be submitted regarding the allowances paid to the AG.

The Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton stated that the country’s highest legal advisor “should receive a more attractive housing allowance.” Minister Skelton claimed that the current allowance did not provide for the level of accommodation and security required for an AG.

However, Mr. Archer fired back and told the Minister that allowances were approved by Cabinet and if Cabinet felt that the allowances should be increased the allowances should then be revised.

Minister Skelton responded by saying, he was not aware that the allowances that were approved by Cabinet included the AG because he was of the view that the Attorney General was accommodated in a Government building.

Mr. Archer told the SFC in his testimony that he preferred that all senior officers were comfortable and if they could be accommodated in Government buildings they would be.  However, the Deputy Governor‘s Office was unable to accommodate everyone.

The Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Vanterpool stated that the Government needed to take the responsibility of housing the Attorney General more seriously. He stated that the allowance needed to be reviewed.

The member for the third district, Honourable Julian Fraser RA, waded in by telling the SFC that during the time that the Minister for Health and Social Development referred to, the AGs were well accommodated at McNamara.  Hon. Fraser added that the two former AGs opted to stay in their own accommodation.

The member for the fifth district, Honourable Delores Christopher, enquired whether the AG’s post was not as significant as the Judge’s position. Mr. Archer stated that the office did not have a suitable accommodation to place the AG and he had to be paid an allowance.

Permanent Secretary-Archer added that his office “did not have an obligation to provide housing for the Attorney General or the Director of Public Prosecution.”

34 Responses to “More housing allowance requested for Att. Gen. - Hons. Skelton & Vanterpool ”

  • Liat 521 (09/01/2013, 08:09) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    No surprise here the NDP is for the island people!
  • long look me come from (09/01/2013, 08:35) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    But how they say Ronnie was the only voice for the indigenous people?????…you mean he cross the floor too? Jeez um bread we dead now!!
    • farmer brwon (09/01/2013, 11:14) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      No big surprise. This is what you get from the sort of people who sell their country for legal advice that is rubbish but it help to achieve their goals... get rich quick!!!
  • conflict (09/01/2013, 09:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    That sounds like a kiss up move right there...he properly give them advise on the sage deal just what they needed to hear!
    • radio 1 (09/01/2013, 10:32) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      This is what happens when an elected government seeks to maintain their own personal position an power by mis-appropriating funds from the public coffers, to give to their supporters and self.
  • ReX FeRal (09/01/2013, 09:58) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Minister Skelton claimed that the current allowance did not provide for the level of accommodation and security required for an AG. Wow.
    Is this AG securing our country?
  • Shara Parlin (09/01/2013, 10:30) Like (12) Dislike (27) Reply
    See how concern Ronnie is for the security of a JAMDOWN but said not a word about our local magistrate Tammie and her security or about R Frazer when he was police commissioner...set of two faced hypocrites!..always for outsiders
    • ----------- (09/01/2013, 11:17) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      HYPOCRISY and DOUBLE STANDARDS.
    • Manabouttown (09/01/2013, 12:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shara Parlin, you art to get your facts correct before put it out there for public information. Now in respect of the Hon. Magistrate she should be given the same opportunity but not R Frazer. Reasons being Government allocated funds to R Frazer the then Commissioner of Police of the RVIPF to distribute the sum of $400.00 USD to all officers of Her Majesty Constabulary across the board but, refused to adhere to the direction given and gave to qualify officers. The UK Officers are getting $400.00 USD for Bagges allowance. The mighty King David refused for the local officers to get their allowances. Section 44 of the police Act, Chapter 165 of the Laws of the Virgin Islands states," Every Member of the Force is entitled to such pay and allowances as may from time to time be voted for the purpose by the Legislative Council". So its clear on the violaters of the Law, the law is the damm law.
  • ADVANTAGE (09/01/2013, 10:56) Like (19) Dislike (20) Reply
    What house the AG needs? He getting exactly what he should get, especially for the work he does. He only has title, no experience. Who would put a man to be the AG of our country who never worked in Public Administration in his life? Lord ah mercy on poor we. They only filling positions with their friends. Ask the school children what type of advice he gives to the Government and his M/O of deligating work. Them were under the Sunday Morning Well with this discussion. They does take his personal advice with a grain of salt mixed up, for the very reason of inexperience. Tis time we get our own local AG because they only want to trable up and down the place on tax payers money. Our eyes are wide open watching them taking $15,000 trips that does not help a soul in the BVI. Bam!! Bam!!
  • black man (09/01/2013, 12:14) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why his Jamaican *** needs more money to look down on us the tolians more! That money can help keep someone with a job or help an elderly person, leh he use he own money to add to what he is getting
  • ABC (09/01/2013, 12:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not surprised at all . The AG ahould ask for the sky. If Willison could be payed $15,000 a mth. plus, for sitting on his backside and coming up to the Airport pretending as though something is happening, there is no reason why the AG. should settle for less. I don't blam Ronnie or Mark, Olando is the Minister for Finance. Where is he in all of this ? a darm shame.
    • TO ABC (09/01/2013, 14:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      olando minister of what?? for god sake I work in government and when you want something from Finance you go to Ronnie and Gaskin...my boss has never gone to Dr. Smith the so called Minister only in name only
  • girls gone wild (09/01/2013, 14:44) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
    dr Malcolm is a cuttie
    • Blind not wild (09/01/2013, 18:54) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Eww.... Desperate much?
    • HOLDIT (12/01/2013, 11:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      Dr. M is a cutie with no he@die. Who really is advising our Government? It must be the friends in high places like the Judicial & Legal Service Committee at the time who did this to us. How come the Office of the AG is always plagued with some drama. Believe us, this AG has drama in his karma. Didn't he go to the Caribbean on a contract and was dismissed shortly after. We don't investigate these people enough. It is a shame that a country like the BVI leading in Financial Services cannot attract the best and qualified minds to advise our Government. Dr. M does not cut it from private and public circles. We cannot afford to pay big money for people to delegate their authority and lay blame on those to whom he has delegated the work. Some of our bright minds barristers and Q.C., should have a say in helping to choose our future AG.'s. We do not want to see this mistake again. We have schools to build, roads to repair and other infrastructural work. We can't afford to spend more to gain less.

  • Fed Up (09/01/2013, 16:34) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    There are families in the bvi paying morgage/rent, buying food, electricity,supporting families,etc. with $2000.00 as there whole monthly salary. This request for more money for housing is foolishness he is getting a big salary along with his present allowances. This foolishness is not why the NDP were put back in power it was done for them to help the people of the BVI but it seems like that has gone through the window. Its always sad to see how the RICH always want more and more but we must all remember one day we will all leave it behind and have to answer to the Mighty how we aquired it and how we spent it, while the less fortunate suffer under greedy leaders and hypocrites. Things like this are what cause peaceful natured people to get violent pressure burst pipe. STOP this foolishness berfore its to LATE.
  • mary j (09/01/2013, 17:43) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Another opportunity for Mark and Ronnie to do what they want proped up by bogus legal advise from the AG!!
  • confused (09/01/2013, 19:06) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I really want to know why these type of people have to be giving housing allowance and them collecting a big enough salary. Well then if this is the case i think that all Government employees should also be entitled to some kind of housing allowance seeing that their salary is not even enough to pay their simple bills and put food in their house. I also see that this is why the county of Government will never have enough money to do what they have to do to upgrade the country and satisfy the people of the country. I think that this is an advantage to the smaller fishes.
  • come in (09/01/2013, 20:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I smell a rat!
  • UK student (09/01/2013, 23:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    blah blah blah How's the weather in the BVI?
  • wize-up (09/01/2013, 23:47) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    lord help us....we will not give the citzen these things but an outsider gets it all
  • high up (10/01/2013, 14:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the bvi is a goal mine
  • Terry (10/01/2013, 16:30) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    If he were white, his allowance would be far more, but he is black and Jamaican so he is not worthy of good housing and security. You black people will never learn to love yourselves. You are so filled with self hatred, it's impossible to recognise and celebrate one of your own. Two thousand dollars for housing for an AG is monkey money.
    • wize up (11/01/2013, 02:07) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Terry: i was made to understnd that Caribbean Airways go to kingston Mon,Wed & Fri......the young man dont have to stay here
    • black man (12/01/2013, 15:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      What you need to do is hush ya yardy! A*****!! where you and he from Yao don't see that kind of $$$$ is usd or Jamaican $$$ so hush!!!!
  • HAPPINESS (10/01/2013, 19:41) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I don't ususally blogg, but i think this time they have gone too far. Our culture has had it so were every one in position (political or otherwise) is respected and the need for formal security (body guard) has not been an issue. Why try to instill something that has not been a problem. I personally believe that $2000.00 is more than enough to accomodate Mr. AG's housing allowance
  • Payroll (11/01/2013, 10:47) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    ...I guess the BVI recession is over!! Pop the cork lets celebrate with the champagne and caviar with Mark and Ronnie!
  • Donkey-wong (12/01/2013, 11:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    The A.G. is given allowances proposed by the Government. What he is now doing is saying it is not enough. Didn't he sign to this package in a contract? Now he is asking for an amendment to his contract? I wonder if the Government is now going to vary the terms of his contract which must include his remuneration package. What are we doing when a contracted worker after contract is asking for additional monies? The Government has not been able to invest in building its own asset-base because its recurrent expenditure continues to rise. Now, it must be that this AG looking at the Hon. Rajbansie who is living in a Government house and now he wants house too like his friend. He came here for better; don't let their A$$ pull wool over our eyes. If he was working for the money, one wouldn't mind. I listened to those around Government and the word on him is that his personal advice is not trusted and they do not rely on his advice. What does this tell you? Better they ask the African to return because at least he gave the Government good advice and was hands-on and hard working in his biddings for the Government. Every month this man out of the country, travelling, travelling. Where is he going and on what business. We must not be hood-winked with these foreigners. 

  • Hiss (12/01/2013, 21:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You deh frighting for more attractive housing allowance for this man, and the employees of Bvihsa for the second year in a row not getting a increment, some has even had their phone allowance taken away from them.


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