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VIP will make owning home easy for youths - Hon. Julian Fraser, RA

"What is happening I could tell you. The same thing that is happening in the First District is happening in the ‎Third, the same thing that is happening in the Second District is happening in the Third. The Ninth District I'll tell you about that later...," said Hon Fraser as he addressed members of his district and others at his annual party on Saturday January 10, 2014. Photo: Team of Reporters
Hon. Fraser has laid out some the VIP plans to reassure the people of the Virgin Islands of better days. Photo: Team of Reporters
Hon. Fraser has laid out some the VIP plans to reassure the people of the Virgin Islands of better days. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Third District Representative his is annual party on Saturday January 10, 2015. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Third District Representative his is annual party on Saturday January 10, 2015. Photo: Team of Reporters
Section of the gathering at Saturday night's party held at the Ellis Thomas Down, Sea Cow's Bay, Tortola. Photo: Team of Reporters
Section of the gathering at Saturday night's party held at the Ellis Thomas Down, Sea Cow's Bay, Tortola. Photo: Team of Reporters
Having a light moment at the party. Photo: Team of Reporters
Having a light moment at the party. Photo: Team of Reporters
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - "You would have noticed a dramatic change in this district over the last three years (Third District) and you must ask yourself what's happening," said Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Third District Representative Honourable Julian Fraser, RA, as he brought to light the stagnated situation of his and other specific districts over the past three years.

"What is happening I could tell you. The same thing that is happening in the First District is happening in the ‎Third, the same thing that is happening in the Second District is happening in the Third. The Ninth District I'll tell you about that later...," said Hon Fraser as he addressed members of his district and others at his annual party on Saturday January 10, 2014. 

Speaking passionately of the regrettable situation of neglect by the NDP Government, Hon. Fraser noted that there is a common trend for Districts 1, 2 and 3. "What do these districts have in common? They all have representatives that you have elected, your choice, and are not a part of the Government's party, and they have decided to systematically punish the representatives by ensuring that nothing out of the budget comes our way, nothing! I mean nothing," the legislator stated. 

According to Hon Fraser, this shameful act of a government is not affecting him as an individual personally but it is affecting the people of the rejected districts. "So if you look at me you could never tell that the NDP is punishing me but if you look at the people in the district you will notice it very easily. So the message here is that you are not punishing me you are punishing the people." 

He recalled that it was during his time in government that a decision was taken to remove all import duties from building materials for first time home owners. "So if you buy a ton of steel from Puerto Rico‎ and you bring it to Tortola and you building your first home with it, you pay no custom duty on it. If you buy the same ton of steel here on Tortola, you get a refund for the custom duty. We did that."  

The veteran legislator recalled that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) had also awarded 43 plots of land ‎in Nibbs Estate but, "after three long years look! Not a thing. This government got in, the poor people can't get their land. You think that's right? I guarantee you that at least one of the 43 people could have built one of those houses already, I guarantee you that. It's not right especially when it comes to the youths," stated Hon Fraser. 

Hon Fraser added that the reason house rent is the way it is currently is simply because persons cannot afford to build their own homes. "What the Virgin Islands Party will do is further facilitate these young people. We will make sure that the resource, the financial resources are accessible. We got some banks in this territory that will be more than happy to buy a car knowing full well that you can't sleep in the car...but they will give you the money to buy the car but not the land," said Hon Fraser while noting that government should have a meaningful input in those respects. 

He told the people that, despite the pressures being handed down on them by the National Democratic Party, he would be steadfast in being a strong advocate for all the people.

23 Responses to “VIP will make owning home easy for youths - Hon. Julian Fraser, RA”

  • vip (12/01/2015, 15:03) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
    WE WILL DELIVER THE GOODS
  • Art (12/01/2015, 15:13) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
    How long? Not long!!! Ndp must go
  • David (12/01/2015, 15:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    A programme for financial assistance in this area should apply to any first-time home buyer. A person who has a record of paying rent and a good credit history in doing so would qualify faster for a home mortgage. This results in more home owners which eventually leads to lower interest rates; allowing for younger people to enter into home ownership in a better financial position with lower debt.

    • whatever (13/01/2015, 09:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      You cannot offer financial assistance and continue paying your bills with lower revenues. 

      • David (13/01/2015, 16:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Remember, financial assistance can come in other forms than just handing over money. Governments offer assistance in the form of guaranteed mortgages that have lower interest rates. Every point you knock off interest rates is actual savings to the home-buyer and in turn, places more money into the economy. I am sure if our HoA members were spend some time researching and doing actual work, they'd be able to find an example from another country that would apply to the BVI. People just need to demand action and not continued rhetoric from HoA members.
  • jokes (12/01/2015, 15:36) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    all talk!
  • WTF (12/01/2015, 15:53) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    What the hell wrong with Andrew? DAMNNNNN!!!!
  • ok (12/01/2015, 15:56) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply

    How will his Government afford to assist people with homes financially when he will be lowering taxes, thereby lowering Government's revenue, thereby lowering the money Government has to spend. All that while giving increments, salary increases, maritime academy.. all in conjunction with tax cuts? 

    • Truth (13/01/2015, 11:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Simple... by stopping the kickbacks on contracts, stop handing out petty contracts (bush cutting ect...) and utilizing those men up the prison doing nothing and just getting fat (off tax payers) and stop dipping them hand in the cookie jar...
  • Online Now (12/01/2015, 17:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    ... Agreat thing to do .... so how will he do it?
  • Rotten Fish (12/01/2015, 17:46) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Will the government guarantee home loans and mortgage protection? What have the young people done to deserve such entitlement? Is national service a prerequisite for such an incentive?

    Politicians always reach into their bag of tricks and gimmicks prior to elections in an effort to bamboozle unsuspecting victims.
    • @ Rotten Fish (12/01/2015, 21:18) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      What many don't realize is that building a house has little to do with a loan or mortgage but more to do with cost, particularly in BVI. The same young people with no skills want $150 a day to work on the same house. Labour cost in construction is killing us here in BVI.
  • At Large (12/01/2015, 17:48) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Dancia making appreances
  • vip (12/01/2015, 17:58) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    One direction; forward
  • ndp will g (12/01/2015, 18:27) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Now this is a leader.
  • bb (12/01/2015, 19:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok hope its no another broken promises
  • 20/20 (12/01/2015, 20:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Your story should be home ownership will continue to be made easy.

  • facts man (12/01/2015, 20:28) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Fraser the only man with solutions ndp brain dead
  • Find A Job (12/01/2015, 21:15) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    We taking owning a house as a joke now. How can that same young people who don't want to work own a house.

    You first need to teach young people fiscal responsibility. Do not only look for work when you want to but something, but they must be tought to save and build a solid foundation for their future. Some can do, many can't.
  • facts man (12/01/2015, 22:31) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hats off to fraser while some offering the youths 40 dollars to buy rum fraser is empowering the youths with a home....now tell me who can ever vote for ndp
  • long look me come from (12/01/2015, 23:14) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Thank you, Hon. Julian Fraser for your devotion to the principles of citizenship. You are a great Virgin ISlander (and a great Leader, too.)
  • bull frog (13/01/2015, 03:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Perhaps something worthwhile has emerged from the party of free food and rum
  • question (18/01/2015, 21:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    is that 2014 a mistake? seems so but just want to be sure.


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