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Democratic Labour Party of Barbados has called the government’s housing contracts a clear breach of financial rules. DLP said that the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) defended its action in the issuance of the recent housing contracts by suggesting that the matter was “urgent”.

DLP questioned why the government acted in such urgency and what exactly was the cause of such a rush of provisioning 250 upper and middle-income houses.

“Are these houses being built to shelter those persons who nightly make up their beds in the Bay Street Esplanade? Are these houses being built to assist tenants of the National Housing Corporation (NHC) whose units have fallen into a state of disrepair? Will these houses be available for victims of Domestic Abuse and or Fire Victims?” said DLP’s B. Ricardo Harrison, Spokesperson on Housing.

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said that under the Financial Management and Audit and (Supplies) Rules 2011, with particular emphasis on clauses 204, 205 and 221, The Accounting Officer does not have to invite quotations for goods/services up to $50,000 but must ensure the best prices.

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Furthermore, it added that under Clauses 204 & 205, an Accounting Officer (Permanent Secretary) should obtain not less than three quotations
for goods and services between $50,000 and $200,000 without going to tender.

“Where $ 200,000 is exceeded, tenders shall be invited. Clause 222 (6) states that the accounting officer shall not artificially reduce the cost of a contract for the supply of services to be below $200,000.” stated the Democratic Labour Party of Barbados.

The DLP also called on the auditor general to initiate special audits regarding the issuance of these contracts. DLP also asked is the Minister of Housing to inform Barbadians why the agreement with the potential landowners at Lancaster has suddenly been changed and or cancelled.

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