SRC Goes After Six Allowances In New Salary Cuts. On Monday, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) declared that it will shortly impose limitations on some of the allowances given to public employees.
Significant repercussions will result from this SRC instruction, affecting civil servants in numerous job groups across various ministries, divisions, and agencies (MDAs).
The general allowance, ministerial allowance, and taxable automobile allowance are a few of the allowances that won’t be provided anymore. Additionally, internal committee working group allowances, retirement allowances, and permanent allowances will also be eliminated.
An SRC official, speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, revealed that six allowances would no longer be provided. This development occurred despite threats from Members of Parliament (MPs) in August 2022 to dissolve the SRC when the committee proposed eliminating the Plenary Allowance for MPs and Members of County Councils (MCAs).
MPs argued that this change would significantly impact their income since they receive a minimum allowance for attending four sessions per week.
According to the SRC circular of August 2023, pension is granted to officers engaged in special duty, and allocations are strictly reserved for public officials who work on policy documents outside of their offices.
In justifying the elimination of these allowances, the SRC argued that employees’ capabilities are developed during the recruitment phase, making additional allowances unnecessary and not cost-effective for taxpayers.
The SRC also pointed out that providing attendance allowances to members of internal organizing committees in addition to their basic salaries would double their remuneration.
The internal working groups of the organization are set up to carry out the organization’s mission, according to the SRC.
In order to address the nation’s rising pay bill, President William Ruto proposed in June 2023 that the SRC work at lowering the salaries of senior federal officials.
SRC Goes After Six Allowances In New Salary Cuts
In total, as part of its most recent round of compensation adjustments, the government is enacting reductions to six allowances.