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Vets call for financial support from Jersey's Government during coronavirus pandemic

Vets are calling to be added to the list of sectors who get financial support from Jersey's Government. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Vets are calling to be added to the list of sectors who get financial support from Jersey's Government.

Currently they do not qualify for the co-payroll scheme, which allows 80% of staff wages to be funded by the States.

The support is initially being restricted to specific sectors which are significantly impacted by the crisis. These are:

  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Passenger transport and travel
  • Rental and leasing of cars and recreational goods
  • Manufacturing
  • Recreation and entertainment
  • Event management and event services
  • Personal service activities such as hairdressers, beauticians and animal boarding
  • Commercial fishing
  • Private extra-curricular education such as dance and riding schools
  • Non-food and non-pharmacy retail
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Construction

The number of businesses that could potentially qualify is estimated at 1,700 with total employees of 10,500.

The number of clients that we're seeing has reduced enormously because we're not doing the routine work.

The evidence from practices in the UK is that your average small animal practice is being hit between 40-50%.

– John Hamilton, New Era Vets

A petition has been started asking that veterinary practices be added to the list of businesses to receive financial support.

It argues that vets provide a vital front line service for all pets/livestock and can now only see emergency cases.

If the petition reaches 1,000 signatures, a minister will have to respond.

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