‘Increase in government’s expenditure’

Fijian currency. Picture: FT FILE

The Fiji Government’s expenditures for the year 2020 to 2021 increased by around $138.3 million.

This, according to the Citizens Budget Guide for Fiji 2020-2021, a document developed by the Fiji Council of Social Services with the support of United Nations Development Programme and Pacific Islands Association of NGOs.

The report said the expenditure was higher than the COVID-19 Response Budget.

“Government expenditure has increased to $3,674.6 million for the year 2020 to 2021 which is around $138.3 million higher than the COVID-19 Response Budget,” the report said.

“The total expenditure for the year 2018 to 2019 was $3600.3 million while for the year 2019 to 2020 the revised value was $3536.3 million.”

The report said sustaining expenditures was important for reviving the economy.

“Sustaining expenditures at this level, coupled with bold tax and Customs policy measures, is critical to provide the much needed fiscal impetus to revive the economy.

“The 2020 to 2021 Budget focused on providing adequate funding to support the economic recovery and ensuring access to key public services.”

The Citizen’s Budget Guide is a simplified, devoid of technical language presentation of information about the national budget.

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