Sark budget includes moves to help island's poor

La Coupee in Sark
Image caption The budget proposals include £50,000 for repairs to the road surface at La Coupee

An additional £25,000 to help poorer islanders is to be considered as part of proposals for a 12% rise in Sark's annual budget.

The douzaine has asked for the extra funding due to increased health insurance premiums and payments to those employed to care for residents.

The £1.3m budget includes increases due to cover roadway repairs and increased staff and building costs and grants.

Chief Pleas is also being asked to agree a 3% rise in direct taxation.

The budget is among items to be discussed at its Michaelmas Meeting on 5 October.

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