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Central Contingencies: Allocation to various Departments

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A decision made on 9 November 2018:

Decision Reference:  MD-TR-2018-0131

Decision Summary Title:

Allocations from Contingency to various departments

Date of Decision Summary:

26th October 2018

Decision Summary Author:

Head of Decision Support

Decision Summary:

Public or Exempt?


Type of Report:

Oral or Written?


Person Giving

Oral Report:


Written Report


Allocations from Contingency to various departments

Date of Written Report:

26th October 2018

Written Report Author:

Head of Decision Support

Written Report :

Public or Exempt?



The allocation of up to £2,053,000 in 2018 and up to £3,313,000 in 2019 from Central Contingencies to various departments as detailed in the attached report.


The Minister approved the allocation of up to £2,053,000 in 2018 and up to £3,313,000 in 2019 from Central Contingencies to various departments as detailed in the attached report.

Reason(s) for Decision:  

Article 17(2) of the Public Finances (Jersey) Law 2005 states that the Minister for Treasury and Resources is authorised to approve the transfer from contingency expenditure or the insurance fund of amounts not exceeding, in total, the amount available for contingency expenditure in a financial year. 


The current Contingency Allocation Policy (published as R.112/2018) sets the requirement for all allocations from contingency over £50,000 to be considered by the Investment Appraisal Board, Principal Accountable Officer and States Treasurer prior to submission to the Minister for approval. The Board has recommended these requests for approval. The requests have also been recommended for approval by the Principal Accountable Officer and States Treasurer.

Resource Implications:

The revenue heads of expenditure of various departments as detailed in the attached report to increase by a total of up to £2,053,000 in 2018 and up to £3,313,000 in 2019 and Central Contingencies to decrease by the same amount.


Any unspent amounts from 2018 will be available to be drawn down in 2019 for the purposes for which the funding was allocated. This decision does not change the total amount of expenditure approved by the States in the Medium Term Financial Plan 2016 to 2019.

Action required: The Head of Decision Support to advise the Finance Directors of the receiving departments that this decision is approved.



Deputy Susie Pinel

Minister for Treasury and Resources      

Date Signed:

Date of Decision:

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