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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

"Jersey Set To Squeeze The Poor Some More"

Islanders set to pay more for care

Jersey's Social Security Minister has told Channel Television he believes islanders will have to pay more than initially expected for care.

We already knew a Long Term Care fund was being set up. It was going to entail people having to pay 1.5% of their earnings into it.

But Senator Francis Gresley says that isn't enough.

Due to a £60 million funding gap in care - that may well increase in the years ahead due to the island's ageing population - he thinks islanders will need to pay at least 2% into the fund.

That extra 2% on top of income tax, Social Security and GST will concern many families who are currently feeling the effects of the economic downturn.

The Long Term Care fund will help pay for the likes of nursing and residential care.

Jersey is already well behind Guernsey, which introduced a care fund a decade ago.

As a result, the Social Security Department are having to take strong action to plug the care deficit that currently exists.

We want to hear your views on this.

How do you feel about potentially paying an extra 2% for health care?

Do you think it's a case of financial bad planning from the States?

Do you think we should have followed Guernsey's lead and introduced a care fund earlier?

1 comment:

  1. lol ian both f,le.g suck up and gorst are happy to suck from the nipple of bailhache.there is no surprise left anymore