A Member of Parliament; Entitlements
The Vanuatu Parliament in collaboration with the Right To Information (RTI) Unit under the Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination (DSPPAC) at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV) have today released the Members of Parliament (MP) Entitlements Poster as a means to educate communities on what to expect after electing their candidates in the upcoming national elections.
The informative A-3 Size Poster features entitlements and benefits of MPs prescribed under the Official Salaries Act (OSA) and the Members of Parliament (Expenses and Allowances) (Amendment) Act No 45 of 2017. The OSA provides 32 positions for MPs in the government, in the Speaker’s Office and in the Opposition’s Office and others.
Effective from January 2018, the MPs Expenses and Allowances (Amendment) Act of 2017 provides allowances and allocations of up to VT 10,594,600 a year for each MP under three schemes;
- Responsibility Allowances of VT 5,989,600 per annum;
- Touring Allowance of VT 1605,000 per annum;
- MP Allocation of VT 3,000,000 per annum.
The Responsibility and Touring Allowances are allotted to MPs to spend, as they see fit, in their respective constituencies. Both are divided and injected into the personal accounts of MPs, fortnightly. However, the MP Allocation is obtained through an application to the Speaker’s Office based on quotation or invoices for community development activities.
A total of 5,000 copies of the posters were printed and released under the sponsorship of TIV. It is hoped the Poster would assist communities understand what they are entitle to know after voting in their MPs in the new legislature.