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Financial support for private sector rental payments (FOI)

Financial support for private sector rental payments (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 21 September 2021.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


For the years 2010 and 2020 please provide


The number of people over the age of 65 receiving financial assistance from the States towards private sector rental payments.


The total amount of such financial assistance.



Following an extensive review of systems, it has been concluded that the information, as requested for 2010 is not held in recorded form. To answer the request, the data would need to be extracted from various sources and manipulated, aside from taking more than the prescribed 12.5 hours to do that work, the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 does not require a Scheduled Public Authority to manipulate data in order to provide a response. Article 16 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 has therefore been applied.

It is not possible to give a meaningful figure that spans the entire year due to the natural turn-over of Income Support claims, however it is possible to provide this data for end of year snapshots. Whilst CLS do not hold data prior to 2012, the data provided from 2012 gives a yearly view in the table below. Please note, the first set of data covers the number of claims and the second, the participants on the claims, ie there may be more than one person included on a claim.


Count of 65+ Income Support Claims in Private Sector Accommodation

​Count of 65+ Income Support Participants in Private Sector Accommodation

​31 December 2012 ​257 ​313
​31 December 2013​278 ​338
​31 December 2014​315 ​382
​31 December 2015​319 ​378
​31 December 2016314 ​​373
​31 December 2017​314 ​374
​31 December 2018​318 ​375
​31 December 2019​326 ​378
​31 December 2020​380 439 ​



In responding to this question, the following should be noted, which was taken from a written question to the Social Security Minister; WQ.79/2019

 As the value of Income Support paid to a particular household depends not only on the mix of components that it is entitled to, but also on the other income received by the household, it is not straightforward to report on the value of each component in the total expenditure for Income Support.’

For ease of reference, the figures are represented in this table, rounded to the nearest £1000:


​Income Support Payments estimated to be apportioned to accommodation in respect of 65+ claims in private sector accommodation

​2018£1,440,000 ​
​2019£1,521,000 ​

Please note, the data for 2010 and 2011 are not available as relevant reports were not extracted at that time and so the data is not held, according to Article 3 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.

Article applied

Article 16 – A scheduled public authority may refuse to supply information if cost excessive

(1) A scheduled public authority that has been requested to supply information may refuse to supply the information if it estimates that the cost of doing so would exceed an amount determined in the manner prescribed by Regulations.

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