Cabinet Agrees on Various Matters: Boost Program Continues, Tax Exemption for Public Statutory Bodies

Cabinet Agrees on Various Matters: Boost Program Continues, Tax Exemption for Public Statutory Bodies

Cabinet met this past Monday where several matters were agreed upon.  The first is that the Boost Program would continue under the Ministry of Human Development, Families, and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs; secondly, the government has signed onto Statutory Instrument No. 19 of 2024, which will see staff members of public statutory bodies who are paid gratuities, are to be exempted from having tax deductions.  This list has been made to include the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital as well as the University of Belize.  Thirdly, the Belize Coast Guard has been given the green light to adopt the pension regulations of the Belize Defence Force.  This will see both units now having the same retirement benefits.  Another approval coming out of Cabinet will see the Belize Coast Guard added to the categories of persons eligible by law to vote by proxy. In that same vein, the Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard will now be eligible to sign Form 15 of the Belize and Belmopan Cities and Town Councils.  Finally, Cabinet also spoke on the rape allegations against a prominent attorney.  Cabinet is closely monitoring the matter concerning the accusation.  The group of ministers noted that the seriousness of such allegations demands a thorough and impartial investigation to ensure justice is served. Cabinet is especially concerned by the use of social media and media outlets directly connected to the accused to discredit the two women who made these accusations. Cabinet joins the calls to demand respect for victims of sexual assault or abuse

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