GOVERNMENT OF TONGA

MEDIA RELEASE

11 August, 2017

His Majesty’s Cabinet has approved on 4th August 2017 the usual annual adjustment to their remunerations due to the increase in the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of 5% to the Ministerial allowances, effective as from 1 July 2017.

In 2015, His Majesty’s Cabinet resolved that it was only the Civil Servants that would be awarded with a 5% COLA. The Ministers’ similar entitlements were put on hold for now two years. The decision to pay out the 5% COLA for the Hon. Cabinet Minister’s excludes their entitlements to a back pay for the last two years. Nonetheless, the decision to award the Hon. Cabinet Ministers with 5% COLA was prompted by the increase in the income tax imposed on the Hon Cabinet Minister’s annual salary by 24%, commencing 1st July 2017.

In 2005, the Civil Servants was awarded a range of salary adjustment by 60, 70 and 80 percent increases in their income. This was followed by another 10% Cost of Living Allowance in 2009 and again with a 6% increase in 2014. The last salary adjustment of the Civil Servants was a 5% Cost of Living Allowance in 2015.

This is the first salary adjustment applied for the Ministers of the Cabinet since their admission to their respective positions.

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Issued by the: The Prime Minister’s Office, P.O. Box 62, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Tel: (676) 24 644 Fax: (676) 23 888; For media enquiries- Email: pressoffice@pmo.gov.to Website: www.pmo.gov.to

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