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Spend local cards (FOI)

Spend local cards (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 13 October 2020.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


Please could you provide:
The total number of £100 'Spend Local' cards distributed by the Government of Jersey
How many have been activated/still awaiting activation?
How much has been spent on the cards since they were sent out?
Any available breakdown on where they've been used by sector (eg. hospitality venues, shops)
How many cards have been 'returned to sender'?
Of those, how many returned were addressed to 'The parent/guardian of x'?
Outline the process for ensuring the cards were only sent out to people currently entitled to them (ie. current residents vs people who have left the island)
How many enquiries to Customer and Local Services about cards not being delivered?


Data for Question H is not held.

The information you have requested for questions A-G is exempt under Article 36 (Future Publication) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.

Customer and Local Services intends to publish this data on the website following the closure of the scheme. 

Article applied

Article 36 Information intended for future publication

(1) Information is qualified exempt information if, at the time when the request for the information is made, the information is being held by a public authority with a view to its being published within 12 weeks of the date of the request.

(2) A scheduled public authority that refuses an application for information on this ground must make reasonable efforts to inform the applicant –
(a) of the date when the information will be published;
(b) of the manner in which it will be published; and
(c) by whom it will be published.

(3) In this Article, “published” means published –
(a) by a public authority; or
(b) by any other person.

Public Interest test

Whilst there may be small benefit in releasing further scheme detail than is currently in the media, the release of the requested data at this time is not considered to be in the public interest.

This is because the data is constantly changing and cannot be truly validated until the end of the scheme when processing against all cards has ceased.

Data released at the end of the scheme will give a complete picture ensuring the public have meaningful information delivered within context rather than partial, unvalidated data at a point in time.

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