With the focus of many Ghanaians being on the newly introduced 1.75% e-levy that is to be charged on Mobile money and other electronic transactions, it appears the announcement by the Finance Minister to increase all government services by at least 15% has gone under the radar.
Effective January 2022, the fees and charges for all government services will be increased by at least 15%.
Fees for government services such as vehicle registration and drivers’ license issuance by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), birth and death certificate issuance by the Birth and Death registry, passport issuance by the Passports Office among others will be affected by this new measure.
This is according to the 2022 budget statement presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
“Review Fees and Charges with an average increase of at least 15 percent in 2022 and thereafter subject it to automatic annual adjustments by average inflation rate as published by the Ghana Statistical Service, but with the prior consent of the Minister for Finance. The fees and charges should, however, be subjected to general review every 5 years. The effective date of implementation is 1st January 2022,” the budget stated.
The announcement is part of the new initiatives by the government intended to raise domestic revenue.