Who we are:
The Tobago House of Assembly was established by Act Number 37 of 1980. This Act also established the Tobago House of Assembly Fund into which all monies appropriated by Parliament as well as monies collected by the Assembly in respect of fees and charges imposed by it under its bye-laws were to be deposited. The Budget Department commenced operations in March of 1982, and the role of the Department assumed greater significance and proportion over time particularly so with the proclamation of Act Number 40 of 1996. The Unit/ Department, based on increasing responsibility and scope is staffed by a multi skilled team of technical and administrative officers.
What we do:
The primary responsibility of the Budget Section is preparation of budget estimates and management of funding appropriated by Parliament. The section also ensures that revenue collected by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) is released to the Divisions of the Assembly in a timely manner. The Unit monitors monthly expenditure from the Divisions and reports to the Ministry of Finance and the THA, collates the Annual Draft Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure to provide for the functions of the Assembly, evaluates and reports to the Ministry of Finance on the Assembly’s revenue collection and identifies and examines proposals for new sources of revenue collection and make recommendations accordingly.
How we do it:
Planning for Tobago’s expenditure commences in March of the preceeding financial year with the issuing of correspondence to the Divsions the submissions are then consolidated, laid in the Tobago House of Assembly, debated and submitted to Central Government where it is included in the country’s annual budget and laid in Parliament.