Government Promises to Clear Several Debts Before the New Year

The government has promised to not take a number of debts over in to the New Year.

The Government said that students at the University of the West Indies (UWI) that have not yet received their scholarship funds have been assured that they will receive their funds by year end. This is the assurance given by Cabinet which met on Thursday.

The Government of Antigua & Barbuda noted that they were aware of the students’ financial situation and renegotiated the due date of final payments for their first semester with UWI.

This comes after complaints from several students were made that they had not received any funds from the scholarship programme as of December 9, and were concerned that they may either have to face the embarrassment of being put on the delinquent list or may have to drop out due to non-payment.

The Cabinet said that it is unfair to take the due-payments over to the New Year and pledged that every effort will be made to conclude these payments by 31 December 2016.

Meantime, former Stanford employees whose outstanding salaries, severance and other emoluments have not been paid since the collapse in 2009, are likely to be paid by year end. Cabinet said that news came from the Receivers that the employees, who would have protested for monies owed on numerous occasions, will receive their funds.

The government also reported that Carnival Appearances will be paid before January 2017.

News Reporter

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