15 November 2013
Islanders are being invited to find out about the 2014 Budget proposals at three public meetings and an online forum which are being held ahead of the States debate on 3 December.
At the meetings, Islanders will be able to have their Budget questions answered by the Treasury and Resources Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf; Assistant Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel and the Treasurer of the States, Laura Rowley.
Senator Ozouf will also be answering questions in an online forum.
“This is a Budget that provides direct financial relief to taxpaying Islanders and helps to get money back into the economy, and it is important that people have the chance to understand – and ask questions about – such an important proposal before it goes to the States,” Senator Ozouf said. “These public meetings will give Islanders the opportunity to find out more. We want people to engage with us and to understand what is being proposed, and why.”
Meeting times and venues
The meetings are:
Thursday 21 November at St Paul’s Centre, St Helier, from 7 pm
Monday 25 November at the RJA&HS, Trinity, from 7 pm
- Wednesday 27 November at the Halliwell Theatre, Newgate Street, St Helier from 12.45 to 2.15 pm. (The Halliwell Theatre is situated opposite the Opera House and next to the Gwyneth Huelin entrance of the General Hospital).
Senator Ozouf’s online forum is on Wednesday 27 November from 5.30 pm to 6.45 pm. Details of the forum will be announced later.
The 2014 Budget proposes:
- an increase in the income tax exemption thresholds, which provides a direct financial benefit for approximately 84% of Jersey residents
- a reduction in the marginal rate of tax, which reduces the tax liability of approximately 84% of the taxpaying population (around 40,000 households)
- an increase in tax relief for parents in the marginal band with children in higher education, from £6,000 to £9,000 per child, providing a benefit of up to £780 per child