All tax reform plans thrown out of Guernsey's States

  • ITV Channel's Serena Sandhu was outside the States when the votes were announced.

Politicians in Guernsey have been unable to decide on how to reform tax in the island.

Last night (17 February), they failed to agree on any of the five options for raising money to fund public services and plug the island's £85m financial 'black hole'.

Policy and Resource's plans for a 5% GST alongside higher income tax allowances were defeated by 25 votes to 15.

The closest vote came on Deputy Heidi Soulsby's 'Fairer Alternative Option', which was declared lost, having been tied 20 for and 20 against.

States members will now have to go back to the drawing board.