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2024-2027 Government Plan: Investing in Now and in Our Future

19 September 2023

The proposed Government Plan sets out the latest income forecast and expenditure proposed by Ministers; underlines the Government's commitment to enhancing the lives of its residents by prioritising essential services and investment in infrastructure; whilst addressing the impacts of inflation on Islanders and the cost of services. 

The proposed Government Plan 2024-2027 builds upon the foundations of the Common Strategic Policies and the current Government Plan, agreed by the Assembly last year, which set out the direction and priorities for this term of office. 

This plan will be debated in the States Assembly in December, further to a period of feedback and engagement with Islanders. It aims to: 

Investing in Now 

  • Because of our strong economy we can afford to meet the impacts of high inflation on departments and funding pressures in our health service. 
  • Supporting Islanders with the Cost-of-Living through increases to tax allowances including an increase of £1,450 for a Single person to £20,000 and £2,900 for working married couples to £40,000, as well as increases to child allowances and reliefs to help with the cost of childcare. 
  • Continuing to support low-income families by ongoing funding to enhanced targeted benefits, including free GP appointments for children. 
  • Investing in the Island's healthcare services with spending totalling £287m in 2024. 
  • Funding the provision of public services which are affordable and within our means, while protecting services from inflation. 

Investing in Our Future 

  • Delivering new healthcare facilities, whilst getting the best possible value for Jersey, without further delay, is a top priority. This Government Plan proposes £52m in 2024, to further develop plans and provide greater assurance, ahead of an Assembly debate in Summer 2024 for the approval of the new acute facilities. 
  • Helping Children and Families by continuing investment in the education reform and inclusion programme. Further roll out of the Free School Meals programme. 
  • Developing Our Economy and Skills by investing in innovation and technology through Impact Jersey. With a further £1.2m to support farmers and fishers and 150% super-deduction for RegTech investment. 

The proposed Government Plan aims to invest £113m in our infrastructure and public estates during 2024. This includes investment totalling £46m in estates such as schools, £30m in infrastructure including liquid waste, and £20m in Information Technology. 

This exemplifies a clear commitment by this Government to addressing issues such as the cost of living, healthcare, and public service affordability, while also laying the groundwork for long-term growth and sustainability. 

Minister for Treasury and Resources, Deputy Ian Gorst, said: "In these uncertain times, responsible fiscal management is paramount. We are committed to ensuring that our finances remain resilient and sustainable. This Government Plan reflects our dedication to maintaining a steady course while delivering essential services to our community. We can only afford this through the strong growth that we are seeing in our economy, despite challenging global economic conditions." 

Chief Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore, said: "Our Government is dedicated to supporting Islanders through these challenging times. We understand the struggles many face, and this Government Plan reflects our relentless focus to addressing these issues head-on. By setting out a clear vision for the years ahead, we aim to build a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive Jersey for generations to come.”

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