Long term care contributions in Jersey will go up to 1.5% from next year.

Last week Jersey States rejected plans to increase the long term care charge by 1%, instead voting to increase the contribution by half that amount.

This means that care payments will be 1.5% instead of the previously proposed 2%.

But today Senator Sam Mézec put forward an amendment to scrap any increase in long term care contributions and remove a cap that would mean higher earners pay less in contributions.

However the States Assembly voted to reject these changes with 36 voting against and 11 voting for.

The government had argued it needed to raise contributions by 1% to ensure the future of the fund. But Deputy Kristina Moore argued that was too much, and her colleagues agreed, voting 24 to 21 to halve the increase.