Long-Term Care contributions to start next year

All islanders in Jersey who pay income tax will also contribute towards the Long-Term Care scheme from the start of next year.

Starting on the 1st January 2015, the contribution rate will be 0.5% of your gross income and from 2016 will be 1%.

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ITV News asked Social Security Minister Susie Pinel if the contribution starts at 0.5% and is rising to 1% in 2016, will this just keep rising as the population ages:

You can find more information on the long-term care scheme here.

'We want to be able to leave our house to the children'

People in Jersey will soon be paying an extra 1% of their earnings to fund a new government tax to pay for care.

The Long-Term Care (LTC) contribution is designed to put an end to people having to sell their homes to pay for care in later life.

Some care home residents currently have to pay more than a thousand pounds a week.

Jean Elsbury, Care home resident

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Long-term Care contributions to start next year

All islanders in Jersey who pay income tax will also contribute towards the Long-Term Care (LTC) scheme from the start of next year.

Starting on the 1st January 2015 the contribution rate will be 0.5% of your gross income and from 2016 will be 1%.

The States will continue to make an annual contribution.

The scheme provides financial support to islanders who need substantial help with daily activities such as getting out of bed and dressing.

This is part of our strategy for addressing the challenge of an aging population. The cost of care is rising as the ageing population increases, and the LTC scheme is helping reduce the financial worry that many Islanders have about the paying for their long-term care. It enables people to be looked after in their own home, which is what most people want.

LTC contributions will be ring fenced and will only be used to support people who need financial support for their long-term care. The number of people who need support will increase, so LTC contributions are also likely to increase over time.”

– Minister for Social Security, Deputy Susie Pinel
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