Plans for public service cuts published tomorrow
THE first major policy document of the current Council of Ministers’ term of office will be published tomorrow, with plans for putting into action the Common Strategic Policy mission statement released in October last year.
Setting out States’ departmental and capital expenditure, as well as cuts to public services and ‘efficiencies’, for the four-year period between 2020 and 2023, the Government Plan will provide the specifics on how ministers will deliver the CSP’s undertakings, including to ‘put children first’, ‘reduce income inequality’ and ‘protect and value the environment’.
Early drafts of the document, which were leaked last week to the JEP by a senior government source, revealed disagreements behind the scenes regarding the plan’s apparent target of cutting £100 million from the public sector over four years.
It is also understood that the annual budget for government spending will rise to £1 billion in 2023, that Islanders will pay an additional 1% of long-term care contributions and that significant impôt increases will see tobacco and alcohol prices go up.