Releases made for salaries payment of the Local Government Commission staff for January 2019 – Communities Ministry

DPI, Guyana, Friday, January 18, 2019

The Ministry of Communities wishes to advise that releases have been made for payment of salaries of the Local Government Commission staff for the month of January 2019.

While submissions for payment were made, the releases request to the Ministry of Finance was not made in time for payment of salaries on January 16, 2019. Further, it was observed that the 2019 employment cost for the Commissioners and staff was 91.4% of the 2019 Budgetary Allocation, which raises concerns regarding available resources to meet other charges for 2019.

In an effort to determine the availability of funds to cover other charges, officials of the Ministry of Communities, the Ministry of Finance and the Local Government Commission will meet on Monday, January 21, 2019, to resolve.

The Local Government Commission is a corporate body provided with a subvention through the Ministry of Communities.

In accordance with the 2019 Finance Circular, “No expenses or contract or other arrangement provided for the payment of public monies… shall be entered into unless there is sufficient, unencumbered balance available in the appropriation.”

The Ministry assures of its full support for the work of the LGC and will collaborate with the commission to ensure LDOs deliver satisfactory services in all communities.