Guernsey States makes U-turn on publishing details of businesses claiming payroll co-funding

The Treasury lead on the Policy & Resources Committee says there has been "confusion" about the requirements. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The States of Guernsey has insisted it will not publish the names or details of businesses which claim financial support as a result of the pandemic.

That is despite officials earlier saying they would do so for the sake of transparency.

Some companies had voiced concern that the move would put companies off applying for help.

Now, the Policy & Resources Committee says it will however "retain the right to publish summarised and anonymised information on this significant expenditure of public funds put in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic."

The Treasury lead on the Policy & Resources Committee says there has been "confusion" about the requirements.

Deputy Mark Helyar says the Committee "has no intention of publishing details of individual claims, nor has it ever stated that this was the intention of reserving these rights".

Tens of millions of pounds of public money are currently being paid out in business support. It is vitally important that these funds go to claimants who need them and that the public, in due course, understand where the money has gone. As with all these issues, if people have concerns we would always encourage them to contact us for clarification.

Deputy Mark Helyar, Guernsey's Treasury lead on the Policy & Resources Committee