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Social Security statistics

​​​​Social security scheme​

The social security scheme insures workers through the payment of contributions.

The scheme provides benefits if you are unable to work through ill-health, maternity, or in old age.​

Contributions are received from employees, employers and Class 2 individuals. The States of Jersey also makes an annual contribution into the fund.

In 2017:

  • total benefit expenditure from the social security fund was £225.5 million
  • income from contributions and the States grant totalled £245.2 million
  • over 31,400 people received an old age pension
  • over 840 mothers claimed a maternity allowance

Number of individuals claim​ing benefit on 31 December 2017

​Type of benefitNumber of beneficiaries​
​Survivor's benefit​744
​Invalidity benefit​502
​Long-term incapacity allowance4,184

The above benefits are normally paid for relatively long periods of time. 

Other benefits, shown in the table below, are paid for shorter periods.

N​​​umber of claims paid during 2017

​Type of benefitNumber of beneficiaries​
​Death grant​790
​Maternity allowance​845
​Short-term incapacity allowance​25,106

Health insurance fund

The health insurance fund subsidises GP visits and prescriptions for most Jersey residents (also called the 'health s​cheme'). 

A total of £30.1 million was spent on benefits from the health fund in 2017.

Long-term care scheme

A new long-term care scheme was set up at the end of 2013. 

This ring-fenced fund is designed to collect long-term care contributions from tax payers. It also gives benefit payments to adults who have long-term care needs.

In total, £44.6 million was paid out in long-term care benefit in 2017.

As at 31 December 2017, 1,335 individuals were supported through the long-term care scheme. 

Income support

Income support provides financial assistance towards the cost of: 

  • housing 
  • living
  • medical needs 
  • childcare

On 31 December 2017, there were 5,763 income support claims being paid.

S​​ummary of income support expenditure

​Social benefit2017 expenditure​
​Income support (excluding special payments)£67.2 million
​Income support special payments​£1.2 million

Cold weather payments totalled £486,000 of the special payments.

Household types with income support claims on 31 December 2017

The table below shows the number of adults and children by household type for income support claims.

​Household typeNumber of claims​Total number of adults​Total number of children​
​Adult/​s without children2,176
​Adults with children859
​Single adult with children1,0021,002
Total ​5,763             7,350 3,122

Other tax funded benefits​

There are several other tax funded benefits including:

  • cold w​eather bonus
  • Christmas bonus 
  • TV licence 
  • Jersey 65+ health scheme

 In 2017, 3,927 people received a Christmas bonus payment.

Health and Safety Inspectorate

The Health and Safety Inspectorate is the regulatory authority of health and safety at work in the Island.

In 2017:

  • there were 497 work-related accidents and 862 862 incidents of work related ill health reported through claims made for social security benefit
  • the total number of working days lost was 34,848
  • a total of £1,021,967 was paid out in short term incapacity allowance as a result of these claims

In 2017, the Health and Safety Inspectorate carried out:

  • 71 investigations into serious accidents and incidents
  • 75 proactive inspections of high risk workplaces 

There were 3 prosecutions under health and safety at work legislation heard in the Royal Court during 2017.

In addition 32 enforcement notices, 22 immediate prohibition notices and 10 improvement notices were served by inspectors.

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