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Every adult and child in Jersey to receive £100 as part of £150 million Covid crisis recovery plan

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EVERY adult and child in Jersey is to receive £100 as part of an unprecedented £150 million package of measures to boost Jersey's economy following the coronavirus crisis.

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The measures, which have been endorsed by the Council of Ministers, aim to create and safeguard jobs and encourage spending over the coming months.

They include:

• Direct payments to low-income households, totalling £1.3 million

• All Islanders to receive £100, totalling £11 million

• Reducing employee Social Security contributions (£26 million)

• Extended time to repay GST and Social Security deferrals (£40 million)

• A fiscal stimulus fund to safeguard and create jobs (£50 million)

• The abolition of Prior Year Basis payment of tax (£18 million). Further details will be announced next week.

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Treasury Minister Susie Pinel said: 'It is vital that the government supports Jersey’s economy and businesses which have been severely affected by the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. This £150 million recovery package is designed to kickstart our economy by encouraging spending in the Island.

'Recovery from the long-lasting effects of the pandemic will take time, but this fiscal stimulus package stands us in good stead to ensure that when we emerge from Covid-19 our economy is in a strong position.'

The plans in more detail:

  • Direct payments to low-income households: About 13,000 Islanders from low-income households will receive a £100 payment by the end of July. Payments will be made to working-age Income Support claimants (6,300 adults and 3,400 children) and pensioners on Income Support and Pension Plus (3,300 Islanders).
  • Spending in the local economy: In September all adults and children – an estimated 107,800 Islanders – will receive £100 to spend in the local economy. The scheme is still being developed but could potentially be a voucher or prepaid card that can only be spent in Jersey. This measure will cost approximately £11 million.

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  • Reduction to employee Social Security contributions: The Council of Ministers is proposing to temporarily reduce employee Social Security contributions from 6% to 4%, up to the Standard Earnings Limit of £4,558. This measure, if approved by the States Assembly, would run for nine months from 1 October 2020 to 30 June 2021 and would increase the take-home pay for approximately 55,000 workers and self-employed Islanders.
  • Extended time to repay Social Security and GST deferrals: Businesses will now have two years to repay deferred GST and Social Security payments instead of one. It is estimated that deferral of the first two quarters’ Social Security contribution is up to £50 million while GST deferrals will be up to £30 million.
  • Fiscal Stimulus Fund: A £50 million fiscal stimulus fund will be launched that will be open to bids from Government departments and arms-length organisations for projects that will deliver stimulus to the economy quickly. Bids can include conventional capital projects and schemes for skills and training. It is expected that the projects will start by the end of this year and be completed by the end of 2021.
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