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Islanders invited to give views on Jersey's tax and spending plans

The Government Plan includes increases in fuel duty to tackle climate change and tax rises on alcohol and tobacco. Credit: PA Images

Jersey's government is looking for islanders to give their views on its tax and spending plans.

The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel wants the public to make their opinions known on the tax rises put forward in the Government Plan, as well as suggesting where tax money should be spent on the island.

The Government Plan, which is due to be debated in the States in November, includes rises in fuel duty to help tackle climate change as well as rises in tax on alcohol and tobacco.

The government plans to spend £914 million on infrastructure and public services in 2020 under the plan. Expenditure will increase to over £1 billion by 2023.

The Panel's chair, Senator Kristina Moore says it is important for the public to make their views on the plan known.

The Government Plan shows that government spending will rise to over £1 billion by 2023. We want to know what Islanders think about this.

Is the government targeting taxpayers money in the right places? Do Islanders mind paying more for petrol in order to fund work to tackle climate change? What about the 1% increase to the Long Term Care Charge? Is the Government right to spend much larger amounts than in previous years on infrastructure projects and internal government modernisation?

Many of the proposals in the Government Plan will directly impact on Islanders in 2020 and beyond. It is important that we hear the views of members of the public, local businesses and other interested groups. We encourage islanders to get in touch with us on social media or by writing to us directly.

– Senator Kristina Moore, Chair of the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel

Islanders can give their views by commenting on the States Assembly social media pages, via the States Assembly website or by emailing scrutiny@gov.je.