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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 8:34 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize, in its ongoing cost saving measures, is cutting the amount of money allocated for ministries and departments to rent office space and dwellings for staff.

In a memo signed by Roger Young, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy, and Public Utilities (MOPSEPU), departments and ministries were advised that office space rentals between $1,000-$2,500 would be cut by 5 percent; $2,501-$5,000 would be cut by 7 percent; $5,501-$8,000 would be cut by 9 percent; $8,001-$10,500 would be cut by 11 percent; and $10,500 or more would be cut by 12 percent.

Dwelling quarters between $1,000-$2,500 will be cut by 5 percent and those between $2,501-$5,000 would be cut by 7 percent.

“Ministries are asked for their cooperation in negotiating these reductions and if Landlords do not agree, Ministries are asked to seek alternative locations,” the MOPSEPU said.

The memo is the latest budget cut for GOB following several for this year so far. In an attempt to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 the government has cut everything from office supplies to the total allocation for operating expenses for ministries. Recently the result of one of those cut backs has seen the National Health Insurance (NHI) issuing a notice that it would not be covering any of its referral services for the remainder of the month of July.

 

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