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Falklands approves £ 45.5million 2011/2012 budget with a surplus

Monday, June 6th 2011 - 18:13 UTC
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Financial Secretary Keith Padgett (R) with members of the Legislative Assembly Financial Secretary Keith Padgett (R) with members of the Legislative Assembly

The Falkland Islands ended the approval process for the 2011/2012 budget, following the positive report from Financial Secretary Keith Padgett to the Legislative Assembly budget session.

Mr Padgett reported that as a result of the significant efforts already put into the budget process, the Select Committee’s deliberations were quickly concluded and the budget proposals were accepted without amendment.

Therefore the proposed appropriation remained unchanged at £45,466,270, and the budget surplus for 2011/12 remained at £101,650.

The Select Committee approved all the proposals on revised fees and charges as well as the proposals on pay, pensions, social payments and allowances.

The £10 million for capital expenditure programme included the following major allocations:

• £3.6 million for Municipal Services, which includes several infrastructure related schemes (including schemes related to water and electricity supplies and sewage disposal). It also includes a provision to fund the potential construction of a wind farm to provide electricity to the Mount Pleasant Complex.

• £3.4 million for Government Land and Buildings, which includes further Abattoir improvements, the relocation of the Fisheries Department from unsuitable offices on FIPASS, and relocation of the Museum and part of the Public Works Department.

• £1.13m for Roads, to cover Camp and Stanley road networks

No subsidy has been allocated for FIDC for the forthcoming year, since the Corporation is able to fully fund its operations from accumulated balances.
This represents a one-off saving, and annual subsidy allocations of £395,000 are included in the projections for future years.

£250,000 was agreed to directly support the agricultural community via the Farm Improvement Programme and other related schemes. In addition, an allocation of £1.7m was approved for the continued operation of the ferry and coastal shipping service.

In terms of the main subvention bodies, the following allocations were agreed: £438,000 as a contribution to the Tourist Board, to support investment in the promotion and development of tourism; £216,000 as an operating subsidy to FIMCo, to demonstrate the ongoing commitment of the Legislative Assembly to farmers and the meat industry; £159,000 to the Media Trust to support the Falkland Islands Radio Station, including £15,000 which will be made available as matched funding; £110,000 to support the Museum and National Trust, including £10,000 which will be made available as matched funding; £67,000 to support the work of Falklands Conservation. Total departmental expenditure was agreed at £42m.

The three largest departments remain as Health and Education (with spending of £12.7m), Public Works (with spending of £8.9m), and Natural Resources (with spending of £6m).

Taken together these departments account for two thirds of projected departmental spending. The Budget Book is to be published in the next few weeks. (PN).

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  • yul

    no military spendings ??!!

    Jun 06th, 2011 - 08:11 pm 0
  • NicoDin


    “no military spendings ??!!”

    £101,650??? What can you buy with it?

    The whole Island GDP is like the turn over of a little Chinese market outside Buenos Aires.

    Ha ha

    Jun 06th, 2011 - 08:47 pm 0
  • Islander1

    We do have some military spending - our own Defence Force- part time like the UK territorials with a full time ex Br Army instructor and small arms. They are very well thought of by the regular British Army here - and often beat them in military training exercises. In addition there is an annual capital sum we pay to cover the costs of infrastructure building at the main base - usually in more houses each year for accompanied personnel. Its then something visible to show vising journalists that we do contribute finacially to our defence - had over a cheque for £200,000 a year to the MOD in London and it would dissapear and not even pay their cofee bill!

    Jun 06th, 2011 - 09:00 pm 0
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