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Saturday, October 30, 2010




JDA president, former Senator, Mr. Ted Vibert, said that the Treasury Minister’s proposal to raise GST to 5% could be the last straw for people on lower and middle incomes.

So far, they have silently accepted the cuts in services and jobs but the fact that the rich on this island have escaped with comparatively little sacrifice has made them very upset.

Over the years the ordinary working  of Jersey have  shown that they are prepared  make sacrifices in troubled times.  But when their section of the community is hit hard and the well-off escape lightly, they resent the unfairness of it all.”

It’s even more galling when the island has half a billion pounds sitting in the Rainy Day Fund and we’re telling our young children that they can’t have school milk, our sportsmen won’t be able to go and take part in competitions outside of the island, hospital services are being reduced, grants to schools are being slashed, 20-20 has added another layer to the problems of middle Jersey and now we have a hike in GST”
And the wealthy.   Nothing, except the 2% on GST”

Senator Ozouf seems intent on dividing an already divided society into the haves and the have-nots. The have-nots have had enough of it “
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 the government axes public spending to try to cut the deficit, Michael Robinson investigates loopholes which let big businesses slash their UK tax bills. This month George Osborne said he plans to make Britain the most attractive corporate tax regime in the G20. Bsome companies have already moved abroad for tax reasons. And for others able to operate on a global scale, there are many ways for them to reduce their tax liability. So how does the Government square the tax circle? Producer: Gail Champion.

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23rd October 2010for immediate publication.

Rise in GST is NOT inevitable

The proposed budget plan to increase GST from 3 to 5% as of next June is notinevitable, according to Deputy Montfort Tadier.

The budget must be ratified by the States and is subject to amendments. As we saw last year, it is not a given that the Treasury Minister will get what he wants.’

While the treasury proposals for GST were entirely predictable, the increase is not inevitable.’

Deputy Tadier is calling for likeminded politicians and members of the public to come together to resist the proposals to increase GST which he says will hit low and middle earners the most and threaten economic recovery at a time when retail sales are already fragile.

It will be interesting to see just to what extent the public and retailers have accepted GST and whether, in these times of widespread austerity, this will be one increase too far for the public of Jersey.’

Islanders are already having to deal with financial assaults on all sides: A reduction in allowances under ‘20 means 20’; a rise in University Fees  - and private school fees; Utility bills will increase significantly, on top of an already high cost of living, not helped by the fact that we are often paying GST on top of VAT.’

Promises that those on income support will not be affected provide little comfort for the many others who are still struggling to make ends meet.

Deputy Tadier is calling for likeminded politicians and members of the public to come together to resist the proposals to increase GST which he says will hit low and middle earners the most and threaten economic recovery at a time when retail sales are already badly hit.

Consideration should be given to use a small percentage of the ‘rainy day fund’ to cover (part of) the deficit until we are in a better position to know if and when we are coming out of global recession. Increasing GST in these uncertain times is both foolhardy and risk increased hardship.

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Turkeys vote against Christmas again.

Dear Editor,

What a ridiculous statement from the finance industry in tonight's edition headed 'Warning from Finance'.

The warning is against making significant changes to the current Island's business tax regime which is based on the ridiculous and

EU-unpopular 0/10 system, which allows off Island registered companies like Normans, L'Horizon, The Grand, The Radisson, Burtons, Boots, British Home Stores to name but a few who are making money in competition with Jersey companies to pay exactly 0% tax, whilst the shrinking finance industry only has to pay 10%. Of course they do not wish to change such a money-making arrangment. It's 'Turkeys voting against Christmas' again but they omit to mention the big negative, that this brainwave has plunged Jersey into a £100 million debt!

Well, blame the so-called recession and divert interest from 0/10. In any case, just introduce jolly old GST (Goods and Services Tax) and make it up from robbing the people, especially all those who can least afford yet more expense. If you are rich then 3,5,10,15% GST makes not a jot of difference.

Spin the message that if 0/10 is interfered with some companies might be inclined to leave!! But where to? And, if they are not paying any tax now, then what difference would it make if they left? If, say, 30% left who were paying no tax, then 70% would now be paying tax, and the self-induced so-called black hole would not be necessary! Oh dear, is this too simple?

Yours faithfully,

John Heys
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