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23.—(1) A Authority">Local Authority may direct the holding of a public or private consultation in the area under its jurisdiction, as the case may require, where—

(a) building work is proposed; or

(b) there is objection to proposed building work.

(2) A Authority">Local Authority shall have regard to the following matters in determining whether to direct the holding of a public or private consultation, namely—

(a) whether the proposed building work is likely to have an adverse impact on any interested person or any other member of the public; and

(b) whether the proposed building use or building work is of a type that requires interested persons or other members of the public to be notified.

24.—(1) A Authority">Local Authority may, in relation to an application for a building permit made under section 18—

(a) issue the building permit, subject to such terms and conditions as the Authority">Local Authority may specify in the building permit; or

(b) subject to subsection (4), refuse to issue the building permit.

(2) Regulations made under section 81 may prescribe the time within which a Authority">Local Authority shall decide an application for a building permit.

(3) A building permit may be issued for—

(a) the whole of the proposed building work; or

(b) any stage of the proposed building work.

(4) Where the Authority">Local Authority refuses to issue a building permit, it shall so inform the applicant in writing, stating the reasons for the refusal and advising the applicant of his right to appeal the decision.

(5) If additional information, or a document, or an amended application required to be supplied by an applicant is not supplied within the time specified by the Authority, the application may be refused.

Consultation on proposed building work.

Issue or refusal of building permit.

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26. A building permit issued under section 24(1)—

(a) shall not be transferable;

(b) shall be valid for the period specified in the building permit, after payment of the prescribed fee; and

(c) may be renewed in such circumstances as may be prescribed.

27. A permit holder may apply to the Local Authority for the variation or modification of the building permit, stating clearly the reasons for the request.

28.—(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Local Authority may suspend a building permit if—

(a) the permit holder has failed to pay any fee or other charge required by this Act, the National Building Code or any other regulations made under this Act;

(b) the permit holder is in breach of—

(i) any provision of this Act, the National Building Code or any other regulations made under this Act; or

(ii) any term or condition subject to which the building permit is issued;

(c) it is satisfied that it is not possible to carry out a proper inspection of the building work.

(2) Subject to subsection (5), before suspending a building permit under subsection (1)(a), (b) or (c), the Local Authority shall notify the permit holder in writing of the proposed suspension—

(a) stating the reasons for the suspension; and

(b) requiring the permit holder, in the case of a breach, to remedy the breach within the time specified in the notice,

and if the breach is not satisfactorily remedied within the time specified, or such longer time as the Local Authority may allow, the suspension shall thereafter take effect.

Variation or modification of building permit.

Suspension of building permit.

Non- transferability, validity and renewal of building permit.

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to the building work, and the failure is sufficiently serious that the building permit ought to be revoked;

(b) the application for the building permit contains any false or misleading information in any material particular;

(c) the permit holder has failed to remedy the breach which gave rise to the suspension of the building permit under section 28, within the time specified in a notice under subsection (2) of that section;

(d) the circumstances that warranted the suspension of the building permit under section 28(5) are such that the building permit ought to be revoked; or

(e) any fee or other charge payable by the permit holder remains unpaid for a period of ninety days after the suspension of the building permit under section 28(1)(a).

(2) Upon revoking a permit under subsection (1), the Local Authority shall notify the building permit holder, in writing, of the revocation, stating the reasons for the revocation and advising the permit holder, in writing, of his right to appeal the decision to revoke the building permit.

30. Where the Local Authority is satisfied that the permit holder—

(a) took reasonable steps to remedy the breach which gave rise to the suspension of the building permit under section 28(5), or as the case may be, within the time specified in a notice under section 28(2); and

(b) is compliant with this Act, the National Building Code and any other regulations made under this Act or any term and condition specified in the building permit in relation to the building work,

the Local Authority may restore the building permit and cause the Register to be updated accordingly.

Restoration of building permit.

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Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Fiscal Policy Paper 2021 Page 102

Figure VII (f): Annual Point to Point Inflation Projections vs Actual Outturns

Source: STATIN, BOJ, MOFPS

Note: Projections and actual outturns read in percentage and forecast errors read in percentage point. Interest Rates The Government’s exposure to changes in interest rates is measured by the share of variable rate, and near to maturity fixed rate debt in the debt portfolio. In an effort to reduce this risk, the GOJ’s debt management strategy features the issuance of mainly fixed-rate debt instruments. At end-December 2020, the share of variable-rate debt in the GOJ’s portfolio was 27.2 percent, a 4.2 percentage point reduction from end-March 2020 (see Table VII (b)).

Table VII (b): Interest Rate Composition of Debt Stock

end-March 2020

end-December 2020

Change

Domestic Debt 36.1 23.9 (12.2)

External Debt 28.5 29.1 0.6

Total Debt 31.4 27.2 (4.2)

Source: MOFPS The 3-month Treasury Bill rate and the 3-month USD LIBOR are the reference rates primarily used to reset interest rates on the variable rate portion of the domestic and external debt portfolios, respectively. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the US Federal Reserve (Fed) reducing the federal funds rate by a total of 150 basis points during the 2020 calendar year, in an effort to stimulate economic activity. This accommodative monetary policy action has influenced a decline in the 3-month USD LIBOR rates which fell by 87 basis points to end the calendar year at 0.23 percent (see Figure VII (g)). In the domestic market, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has maintained its policy rate at 0.50 percent since August 2019. This has supported a reduction in the cost to service domestic debt, with the 3-month Treasury bill rate falling from 1.25 percent in January 2020 to 0.77 percent in December 2020 (see Figure VII (h)).

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Man” from 2000-2004 showing the value of such waivers.

August 12, 2004

66 Copy of the comprehensive list of all Government Ministries, Agencies Companies or other groups which receive Government funding in the 2003/04 and 2004/05 Budgets in excess of $5 Million

Full grant of access

Media

August 12, 2004

67 Copy of the Audited accounts for Jamaica">Air Jamaica and its subsidiaries for the year 2001-2004.

Access denied (for period request Jamaica">Air Jamaica was a private company)

Media

October 20, 2004

68 Copy of the section of the Education Act which requires unemployed persons to register as self-employed persons in order to file Education Tax returns.

Full grant of access

Public

November 24, 2004

69 List of suppliers who were granted tax concessions to import vegetables at the concessionary rate of 240% duty waiver

Full grant of access

Business

November 25,2004

70 Copy of documents stating the requested budgets and budget subventions for the Jamaica%0ARailway+Corporation">Jamaica Railway Corporation for the period 2001 -2004

Documents not in this Ministry

Civil Society

December 4, 2004

71 Enquiry about non- receipt of pension payments

Referred to Pensions Branch, matter resolved

Public

December 7, 2004

72 What is the percentage distribution (or actual dollar figure) of the following types of credit card transactions; domestic, inbound and outbound.

Referred to BOJ’s website

Media

December 8, 2004

73 Copy the number of car loans granted to contract officers for the period 2002-2004 or a sample of the contracts for said period.

Full grant of access

government

December 20, 2004

74 Copy of the general Government expenditure as a percentage of GDP for 1998-2002.

Full grant access

December 20, 2004

75 Economic and Social Survey Jamaica 1999- 2003 and the Employment, Earning and Hours Worked in Large Establishments.

Full grant of access

Public

December 20, 2004

76 Copy of the Government’s expenditure for 2000-2004.

Full grant of access

Public

December 20, 2004

77 Copy of the balance of payment accounts for 2003.

Full grant of access

Public

December 20, 2004

78 Copy of the Highway 2000 accounting transactions

Transferred to National Works Agency

Public

December 20, 2004

79 Documents stating the relationship between the Government and Sandals Whitehouse and the accounting transactions thereof.

Referred to the Development Bank of Jamaica

Public

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