On Sept. 4 Executive Council (ExCo) approved a raise in councillors' salaries. Elected Members would now receive an annual salary of £14,000, up from £10,000 per annum – and Exco members would receive an annual salary of £18,000, up from £14,500 per annum – this, if the full Legislative Council in October also approves this raise. Councillors would also still receive allowances for internet, mileage, telephone costs etc.
SAMS Radio 1 is checking in with each of the island's 12 councillors to find out more about the work councillors have been doing during this first year of the term, about the issues and legislation each councillor is currently working on, about what our councillors' plans are for the next three years, and more – all of this, in the context of the proposed salary raise.
Listen back to the July 4, 2018 public meeting with Connect St Helena, Ltd. and 10 of the island's 12 Elected Members. The meeting – including a presentation from Connect CEO Barry Hubbard and a Q&A session – was called by the public, in the hopes of getting further answers regarding the two 20% water/sewage tariff increases from monopoly utilities company Connect. The meeting followed a fortnight of unrest, including a petition and the island's first demonstration march in seven years, brought about by the announced increases and a "lack of efficiency review and lack of transparency."
Listen back to the October 03 2018 Press Conference where the St Helena Government (SHG) notes with regret that ongoing negotiations between SHG and Basil Read's business rescue practitioners with regard to Basil Read's continuing role with St Helena Airport have not been successful. SHG has terminated the contract under which Basil Read has been operating St Helena Airport.
The termination became effective as of Tuesday, 2 October 2018.
Listen back to the October 25 2018 SAMS Radio 1 Interview, a day after business representatives and entrepreneurs where invited to a presentation of the draft Investment Strategy.
The draft Investment Strategy proposes a series of changes to the tax system, particularly to encourage growth in activities which produce goods and services for export overseas and import substitution.