Jersey's inquiry into historical child abuse won't now report back this year.
The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report was due to be published at the end of 2016.
However, the panel confirmed today that they cannot hit the deadline.
It's been two years since public hearings started in St Helier, and since then the Care Inquiry's original £6 million budget has more than doubled to £14 million.
It's publication has been eagerly awaited by hundreds of islanders, many of whom say their lives have been shaped by their treatment in care.
Commenting on the delay, an NSPCC Jersey spokesman said:
The final report is now expected by March 2017.