Falklands : Falklands EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 05.05.2013 (Article Archived on 02.06.2013)
The Hon Mr Ian Hansen MLA gave the Executive Council report this month.
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Wednesday, 24 April 2013
compiled by J. Brock (FINN)
The Hon Mr Ian Hansen MLA gave the
Executive Council report this month.
Papers dealing with
Mr Hansen felt that the two papers
were linked to the census findings that were recently released to the
public. He mentioned that people seemed
to be living longer in the Falklands but having to top up pension funds has
happened in the past. Keeping up with
pension funding was problematic and as a result of two actuarial reviews of the
Old Scheme Fund and the Retirement Pensions Fund recommendations for action
were given to MLAs. One recommendation
was that MLAs continue to look into pensions with more in-depth scrutiny to get
a picture of where things stand. The
recommendation was to top funds up from the estimates as opposed to interfering
with the operating revenue was agreed.
Increasing the Retirement
To keep in line with other
countries the retirement age was raised.
Not all MLAs agreed with this so Executive Council agreed to do this.
MLAs Pay Review Packet:
The Review Panel presented a
report on MLAs pay, who came up with firm recommendations on appropriate
remuneration for MLAs and the reorganisation of the Assembly. Clear recommendations have been made about
how salaries should be assigned in accordance with roles and responsibilities
that future Assemblies may have. MLAs
intend to ask the Panel to brief the public on how the findings were reached
and why the decisions and recommendations were made.
Next Stage of the Port
A report about the next phase of
the Port Development Plan was presented to Executive Council. Design and costings of a port were to be
studied and worked on. Executive Council
asked for options 1 and 2 of the design to be forwarded as it would give them
something to compare and give an idea about how much option would cost. Option 1 for the access road was agreed as it
was the simplest, quickest route as well as being most cost-effective.