28 Feb 2007

Niue assembly to enact spending cuts

8:06 pm on 28 February 2007

The Niue assembly is due to meet tomorrow to pass legislation authorising cuts to government spending.

The government announced last week that all government workers, including MPs, would have their salaries cut by ten percent for the remainder of the financial year.

It also intends freezing some spending, such as that earmarked for church pastors and community development.

The government is also increasing the tax on fuel.

An opposition MP, Terry Coe, had been attempting to initiate a vote of no-confidence in Young Vivian's government at the one-day session, but has so far failed to secure the necessary backing of three other members.