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Eustace uses allowance to help constituents

Opposition Leader and East Kingstown representative Arnhim Eustace (File photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The allowance given to Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace to run an office in his East Kingstown constituency is used to the benefit of his constituents, Eustace said on Monday.

“Mr. Eustace, when are you going to open your constituency office and stop taking the money and do your own thing with it?” asked a caller to an NDP-sponsored radio talk show on which Eustace makes a weekly appearance.

“My own thing? I use my constituency allowance for the people in my constituency and more than that – other monies from my salary,” said Eustace, who has been representing East Kingstown since 1998.

“That is what I have to say on that. I have an office in the constituency. [Should I] open another one to pay a secretary and a cleaner and they alone benefit? I use the money in my constituency and other money from my salary every single month,” he further stated.

Some persons have questioned Eustace’s use of the EC$1,500 allowance parliamentary representatives get every month to operate a constituency office. They say Eustace does not have a constituency office.

But the Opposition Leader, who has an office at the NDP’s headquarters at Democrat House along Murray’s Road, said that office also doubles at his constituency office.

He said that if the money were used to staff a separate office, it would only benefit the persons that work there.

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4 thoughts on “Eustace uses allowance to help constituents

  1. A MAN WITH A BIG HEART.

    Posted by UNITY FOR SVG | February 4, 2012, 00:01
  2. Ah wonder if he is the one who buying all them “half-ah-soap” and “half pound ah chicken back” to share to all the poor people in SVG???? lol…lol…lol… Ah have to pass by your office to collect mine!!! LOL…LOL…LOL…

    Posted by no-nonsense | February 4, 2012, 16:17
  3. Where is your paper trail Sir, you are an economist\accountant cannot get away with that.. Show us some transparency. Was such declared officially to Parliament? We the people have to stop accepting all of these word of mouth excuses especially when a clear conflict of interest is evident. If Parliament says that you are to use it to fund your “constituency’ office you cant just tell me you decide to use the Party headquarters nope will do… Come better than that. Because the ULP Rep can also claim the very same… This is tax payers hard earn money you guys use it without any regard the public.

    Posted by Vincy to D Bone | February 4, 2012, 21:31
  4. How ignorant is that?”it would only benefit the persons that work there” It’s call creating employment you tight wad!

    Posted by Jason | February 7, 2012, 21:32

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