Special Cabinet session to make decision on GATE recommendations

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 20:00

Still no decision by Cabinet on the recommendations of the committee that examine changes to the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme for cost-efficiency.

The programme that is costing the State $700 million every year, was put under review by the new Government because of apparent wastage and abuse.

The report is before Cabinet and today Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young told the media that a special Cabinet sitting with be convened specifically to address the recommendations.

"Each individual minister has been reading through the report and we will come together for a special session," the Minister said.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert who is currently out of the country on a road-show to sell a US$1 billion bond, had said last week that the Government will not make any "irrational" decisions that would "hurt anybody".

Minister Young gave no indication of when the special Cabinet session will be.

The Government has said that it hopes to make a decision before the start of the new academic year in September.

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