The United Progressive Party (UPP) announced tonight, a series of measures aimed at reducing the cost of living.
A recent CADRES poll put the cost of living as the biggest concern for residents going into the March 21st general election.
UPP Leader Harold Lovell told the launch of his party’s 2018 election campaign, that if returned to office, his party will “reduce by 50 percent the annual vehicle license fee” and radio fee “in an attempt to ease the squeeze.”
His party plans to remove the Antigua Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) on all sim cards, prescription readings glasses and funeral expenses.
“We are giving help where help is needed,” he said.
Lovell says a new UPP government will reduce water rates by 50 percent for all CMC certified farmers “along with reduced electricity and internet costs.”
A former finance minister, Lovell says his party will increase the number of goods that fall under price control.
He said within two weeks of returning to office, “we are going to reduce all energy prices.”
“Week after next, gasoline is going to be reduced to $10 and gasoline $9.90 a gallon,” the UPP leader said, adding there will be a 25 percent reduction in the APUA fuel variation charge.
“That will reduce the cost of electricity and we will peg fuel to the international price of oil on the international market.”
He said ABST will be removed from cell phones tablets, desktops and laptops computers for private use.
Lovell has given a timeline of “within 90 days” to conclude salary increase negotiations for public servants and said long overdue back pay will be cleared by the end of 2018.
Pensions will increase in tandem with inflation, public housing will be on a rent to own basis, better internet, and corporate taxes will be reduced to 12 percent are also among promises by the main opposition party.
“This is how we going to help people, this is the party that cares, this is the party with a social conscience,” he told supporters.
Barbuda, English Harbour, Jolly Habour and Redcliffe Quay have all been identified by the UPP as possible Duty-Free Zones.
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