What is included in the proposed mini budget
The proposed mini budget is one of the key priorities in the Chief Minister's 100 Day Plan.
It includes an extensive package of measures to address the cost of living crisis. This has been lodged by the Minister for Treasury and Resources and the Minister for Social Security. The package will put almost £15 million back into Islanders' pockets this year and almost £42 million in 2023:
- an above inflation increase of 12% in Income Tax thresholds and allowances, including child allowances, additional allowance and child care tax relief, from 1 January 2023
- income tax threshold for a single person would be raised from £16,550 to £18,550
- a temporary reduction of 2% in Social Security contributions from 1 October to 31 December 2022:
- Class 1 employee paid contributions decreasing from 6% to 4%
- Class 2 self employed or unemployed paid contributions decreasing from 12.5% to 10.5%
- doubling the Community Cost Bonus (CCB) from £258.25 to £516.50 in October 2022 and encouraging more eligible Islanders to take up the CCB
- increasing Income Support components in January 2023 to reflect the September 2022 RPI figure
- temporarily increasing cold weather payments to £70 a month from October 2022 to March 2023
The proposed changes will be debated by the States Assembly in September.
Blog post by Deputy Steve Ahier
In addition to this package of measures:
- the Employment Forum has been asked to consider increasing the Minimum Wage to £10 per hour from October 2022 and up to two-thirds of the median wage from January 2023
- ministers will be encouraging private sector landlords and estate agents to avoid inflationary rental increase if possible
- a scheme will be developed to provide free period products to those who need them
- funding will be provided to community organisations to set up advice and support services
Children's Rights Impact Assessment
A Children's Rights Impact Assessment has been prepared for the measures contained in the Mini Budget.
Mini-budget 2022 - Statement of Impact