Cortwright Marshall, Spokesperson on Economic Development, Planning and Rural Transformation for the United Progressive Party (UPP), is calling for a reduction in the Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST), from 15 to 10 percent.
Marshall says the UPP is concerned about the welfare and well-being of all citizens and residents. And with its “People First” mandate, the Party believes the reduction will create more spending and saving power for persons who are now struggling.
Meanwhile, Marshall says one action that the Party finds necessary at this time is an injection of much-needed funds into the Social Security Scheme.
This support, in essence, will curtail the late payment of pensions, which the Scheme claims it has now stopped.
In the meantime, the Administration says it has been providing the Scheme with regular monthly subventions to assist with timely payments. However, Marshall says the Government has not provided any tangible proof to back up its claim.