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Jersey's government expects historical abuse inquiry to stay within budget despite delays

Jersey Care Inquiry

Jersey's government says current forecasts show the inquiry into historical abuse in the island's care system will stay within its budget.

Yesterday ITV News reported the inquiry's final report now won't be published by the 31 December 2016 deadline. Instead it is expected to be ready before the end of March 2017.

That led to groups representing the interests of abuse survivors to express concern about the anxiety such a delay may cause.

Today, a spokesman for the States of Jersey avoided making any comment about the delay, but confirmed the current total budget of £23million, which covers the costs of both the inquiry and the States, is currently not forecast to be exceeded.

Of that amount, £15.3million is earmarked specifically for the inquiry team, which has heard from more than 600 witnesses since its inception in July 2014.

The inquiry's budget has increased over time:

£6m
Original inquiry budget in July 2014
£13.7m
Revised budget in October 2015
£15.3m
Final agreed budget announced in February 2016

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