SOLOMON ISLANDS' GOVERNMENT CAN SAVE ON HOUSING COSTS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (October 30, 1998 - Radio Australia)---A report on the re-structure of the Solomon Islands public service has made several recommendations on accommodations for public officers.

A spokesman says implementation of the recommendations would result in a government saving of around $ 35,000 a year by not renting accommodations from the private sector.

The report recommends that all public officers, including current Permanent Secretaries who own homes but are housed by the government, should find their own accommodations.

It also recommends that Ministers, the Leader of the Opposition and constitutional post holders who reside in their own houses should only receive a small monthly stipend based on the housing's valuation.

Public servant housing is a major budget item for the Solomon Islands, costing nearly $200,000 dollars in the current calendar year.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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