Millions are being spent yearly to house various government departments in rented accommodations in the British Virgin Islands.
That is what statistics from the Ministry of Finance for the last five years has indicated. The statistics say government spent more than $30 million during that five-year period.
Last year, the budget allocated for rent for these government departments was $6,286,571 but only $6,087,400 of that sum was spent.
In 2016, the sum of 6,522,505 was budgeted for rent but a total of $6,651,193 was spent.
The budget set aside was in 2015 totalled $6,308,215. However, only $6,071,934 was paid for rent that year.
Statistics show $5,638,599 was allocated for rent in 2014 but government is said to have spent $6,114,474.
In 2013, the sum of $5,465,702 was set aside for rent but $5,232,956 was used.
Recovery is the main priority now
Financial Secretary Glenroy Forbes told BVI News he is not aware of any plans to erect any new government buildings to house its departments and he believes “government will be renting for a while [longer] still”.
Forbes, however, said he is willing to propose to government that they erect structures to house departments still operating from rented space.
“But that is not something that is to the forefront right now. At this time when there are so many competing needs – we need to rebuild the country,” he noted.
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