Jersey's public investments fell by £95m in 2018

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Jersey's 5% goods and services tax could be raised in the future

The value of investments made by Jersey's government fell by £95m last year.

The state of public finances was revealed in the 2018 annual accounts, which were published on Wednesday.

Nearly £50m was lost from the Social Security Fund, while £27.5m was labelled as "fruitless" spending on abandoned plans for a new hospital.

Treasury Minister Susie Pinel said the 5% goods and services tax could be raise in the future to cover losses.

Public expenditure outweighed income by £75m for the year.

A total of £635m was received in tax income in 2018 - an increase of 5% - while the value of the Strategic Reserve fell by 4%, and is now worth £807m.

However, unemployment is at the lowest level in nine years, and £8m in extra tax was claimed back by the authorities, to "ensure people pay what they owe".

The government said that while the £95m investment loss "may seem concerning", the long-term investment outlook "remains positive", and the losses were recouped by February.

Jersey's annual report

  • There was a 5% increase in pension payments, with £188m paid last year
  • Nearly £50m was paid to support people in long-term care, an increase of 4%
  • There was a 42% increase in the amount of funded vaccinations, at 40,000
  • There were 910 babies delivered at Jersey's hospital
  • The police responded to nearly 18,000 incidents during 2018
  • The ambulance service attended nearly 10,000 call-outs

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