11 January 2023
Last year, the States Assembly’s mini-budget supported Islanders with the rising cost of living
through a short term reduction to social security contributions and, from this year, increases in
income tax thresholds and allowances. In 2022, those Islanders who were able to claim meanstested benefits were also helped from changes to the Community Costs Bonus, the Cold Weather
Bonus and the introduction of the Cost of Living Temporary Scheme.
To support Islanders living in Jersey for less than five years, who may not have been eligible for
these initiatives, a new one-off payment scheme has been launched to provide additional support
to parents (with children under the age of 18) who are not covered by the Island’s means-tested
benefits. The Social Security Minister initially announced this new payment last month. Its aim is to
provide some additional financial support to these parents.
Payments will be available to parents who are “registered” workers, who have been in the Island for
less than five years and who had a gross household income during 2022 of no more than £36,000
for a single person or £48,000 for a couple.
Payment values will be – for one child £250, for two or more children - £500.
Applications are open throughout January and February. Families who may be eligible can apply
through the following channels:
The full press release from last month is available.