A boost for Alderney's economy

Alderney politicians will now be able to set their own levels of property tax, import duties and occupier's rates.

It comes after Guernsey deputies voted overwhelmingly to approve measures which allow Alderney to break free from financial constraints set by Guernsey.

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Politicians claim Alderney's economy will be improved by new changes

Politicians say Alderney's faltering economy will be improved by new changes made to its financial relationship with Guernsey.

Major changes to the way public services in Alderney are funded have been approved by the States today.

The proposals were accepted unanimously.

All I know is that if there is an improvements in the ability of the two islands to manage their own affairs but at the some time join together for the provision of the services in Alderney, that has got to be a good thing. If we stay as we are then I'm afraid that the decline of Alderney, which we've observed, could continue.

– Deputy Allister Langlois, Deputy Chief Minister

Approval given to changes in the way Alderney's public services are funded

Major changes to the way public services in Alderney are funded have been approved by Guernsey’s States today.

The changes to the financial relationship between Guernsey and Alderney were accepted unanimously by politicians.

Ministers in Guernsey say they hope the changes will aid Alderney's faltering economy.

All I know is that if there is an improvement in the ability of the two islands to manage their own affairs but at the same time join together for the provision of services in Alderney that has got to be a good thing.

– Deputy Chief Minister Allister Langlois, Chair of the Alderney Liaison Group

Levies like property tax, occupier’s rates and import duties, which are collected in Alderney, will all fund public services in the island, under the plans.

The changes will modify the financial responsibilities arising from the 1948 Agreement, which the States of Guernsey and Alderney have been adhering to since it was signed.

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