2016 Policies – Social

My social policy priorities include:

  • Access to justice reforms
  • Introduce independent personal taxation
  • Review of our personal tax system
  • Modify Zero Ten tax to tax locally operating corporates with non- resident owners into tax
  • Emphasis on vocational skills in education
  • States ombudsman to investigate injustice
  • Improved access to affordable child care and nursery education
  • Ensuring our health service transformation is right for Jersey

In recent years the gap between Jersey’s haves and have not’s has worsened. The imposition of crudely based stealth taxes and imposition of charges on front- line services like child care will increase that division. Middle Jersey has taken far too big a hit compered with the very wealthy.  I will press for independent personal taxation to be introduced with universal tax allowances to improve fairness and equity. I want a review of the personal tax system to remove the distortions caused by our (marginal rate and standard rate) personal tax system.

We cannot continue to allow the export of profits tax free by corporate businesses which are owned outside the island and trade in Jersey  sometimes with the benefit of income support paid to their low wage employees. This undermines local businesses and inhibits their investing. Zero ten can be adapted , Guernsey did so in its 2016 budget for certain retail businesses , so should Jersey, though not necessarily in the same way.

We must maintain a high quality of life in Jersey. We have a strong community spirit which manifest itself in all walks of life. We must strive to maintain this independent strength of the Islands character and not let the economic and social pressures undermine it. The Community services and voluntary sector should be supported to the maximum extent our resources allow, they can provide services more cost effectively than government and adapt more rapidly to change.

There needs to greater emphasis in our education system on vocational skills necessary to met the needs of the construction industry and creative / IT sectors.

I want to see States intervention by acquiring brown field sites for first-time buyer housing developments . We should be building new homes for the over 55’s in each parish, releasing their family homes for younger families.

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