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Guernsey States income grows by £23m

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Guernsey's States has managed to end 2017 with a surplus of more than £23 million, according to estimated figures.

It marks an increase of more than 5% compared to the previous year, with a total revenue income of £430 million.

The provisional figures were revealed by the Policy & Resources Committee in the States this morning.

It is the second successive year the island has recorded an surplus, after eight years of running a deficit.

Committees under-spent on their budgets by £5 million, while income tax receipts increased by 4%.

Fortunately, in recent years, we have not had the harshest austerity that has been experienced by other governments elsewhere; but we are now reaping the benefits of fiscal discipline and control.

It has not been easy – either practically or politically – and it is not over. But we can take pride in having delivered on our promises to taxpayers.

– Deputy Gavin St Pier