July 14, 2017 9:48 am

A good budget, an election budget, but the cost of living is still high

The high cost of living driven by inflation remains the most important issue as people weigh-in on the 2017/18 Budget passed by Parliament yesterday.

A survey of 1907 respondents earlier this week showed that the majority are satisfied the budget, but some doubts remain.

The survey was conducted between 10-13 July, 2017 using the Newswire Messenger platform.
The survey was conducted between 10-13 July 2017 using the Newswire Messenger platform.

The budget is highly rated, with close to half of all respondents saying it is either a “Good” budget or an “Excellent” budget.

The survey was conducted between 10-13 July 2017 using the Newswire Messenger platform.
The survey was conducted between 10-13 July 2017 using the Newswire Messenger platform.

One-third of respondents felt it was an “Election Budget”, but the majority were unsure.

The survey was conducted between 10-13 July, 2017 using the Newswire Messenger platform.
The survey was conducted between 10-13 July 2017 using the Newswire Messenger platform.

High inflation has caused the price of goods and services to increase in recent months.  As a result “Cost of Living” was the most important issue on the minds of the majority of respondents.

PM Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama, Minister of Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Secretary-General to Parliament Mrs Viniana Namosimalua and Deputy Secretary-General Mrs Jeanette Emberson after the passing of the budget on Thursday.
PM Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama, Minister of Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Secretary-General to Parliament Mrs Viniana Namosimalua and Deputy Secretary-General Mrs Jeanette Emberson after the passing of the budget on Thursday. (Fiji Parliament).

The $4.5 billion budget was passed on Thursday with 32 “yes” votes against 14 “no” votes.  Four MPs had not voted.