Jersey is in this position because we have consistently looked ahead and prepared for the future, and we want to keep it that way. This plan sets out how we can maintain this success for future generations by investment in our key public services.
We are prioritising health, education, St Helier, economic growth and essential infrastructure. In order to do this we increasing productivity and efficiency, reducing costs, reprioritising our spending and introducing some user pays charges. These measures will help us provide the investment that’s needed, while balancing our books by 2019.
By 2035, there will be sixty-five per cent more people over the age of 65 than there are today, and twice as many people over 85. It’s good news that people are living longer but as the population ages our income will come from a smaller proportion of working age people. We will need to fund complex new health technology, and drugs and treatments to keep islanders healthy. We will need to spend more on helping people to stay well, and more on the early years of life which are so important to lifelong health and well-being. We are also investing more in mental health services as a person’s quality of life is about more than their physical health.
So we are allocating £40 million of additional annual funding for health and social care by 2019. That includes –
- £19 million more each year to meet increased demand and meet new care standards
- £4.5 million to support vulnerable families, safeguard children and improve the first critical 1001 days of a child’s life, including improved antenatal preparation, perinatal mental health care and early literacy
- £1.5 million more for mental health services
- £4 million more to treat people at home and in community settings
- £8 million more each year to redesign services at the hospital so emergency patients can be treated safely on the same day
This spending will be supported by the introduction of a new health charge which will be phased in, raising £15 million per year by 2019.
We have identified a site for a new hospital and more detailed proposals will be presented to the States Assembly before the end of 2016.
We want to help all our children reach their full potential, so we are focussing on raising standards, updating the curriculum, supporting families and giving head teachers more freedom. A key project is the Jersey Pupil Premium, which will help children who are at risk of under-achieving in their education. Alongside this we are ensuring we have enough places for pupils in our schools and we are building stronger links with businesses, so young people can leave school ready for the world of employment or their next steps in education.
We are allocating nearly £11 million of annual growth funding for education by 2019 which will cater for an increased number of young people and planned Improvements in standards. £2 million per year will help more families with the cost of higher education and the capital programme includes £56 million for Les Quennevais, Grainville and St Mary’s Schools.
We have already built a new primary school for St Martin and six primary schools have been extended or improved to meet the need for places as numbers rise – d’Auvergne, Plat Douet, Springfield, Trinity, Bel Royal and Mont Nicolle
Improving St Helier
We are regenerating our capital, St Helier, so it is a great place to live and work. We are making sure that quality public space is included in new town developments and we are working closely with the Parish to improve services. That includes paying rates on States properties from 2017.
Andium is investing more than £200 million in new and improved homes over the coming years, improving people’s lives and transforming areas of St Helier. In 2015 Andium built 88 new homes and refurbished existing homes at developments like Hampshire Gardens to meet the Decent Homes Standard.
The States of Jersey Development Company plans to invest more than £150 million in St Helier over the period of the plan - building grade A office space to meet the demand of expanding businesses and to ensure that we can attract valuable inward investment business. These new office developments free up older office buildings to be transformed into homes, a process that has already begun in some areas of St Helier.
40 affordable shared equity apartments and 40 social rented homes will be provided as part of the College Gardens development, currently being built on the site of the old Jersey College for Girls.
We are continuing to invest in vital public infrastructure, much of it in St Helier, by spending £168 million on capital projects in the four years of the plan. Some of the largest expenditure will be:
- £43 million for the Department for Infrastructure, much of it for a new sewage works
- £56 million for Les Quennevais, Grainville and St Mary’s Schools;
- £21 million to replace essential IT systems and enable the modernisation of public services
- £14.3 million for replacement of equipment operated by the Department for Infrastructure
- £14 million for replacement of equipment operated by Health and Social Services
- £3.5 million to extend Jersey Archive
Supporting economic growth
We are maintaining the right environment to boost the economy and provide extra revenue for our public services.
Last year we set aside £5 million for projects that could demonstrate they would improve economic growth, productivity, skills and job opportunities.
We have set aside a further £13.5 million for 2017-19. This is for projects from all sectors of the economy that can contribute to economic growth and productivity improvements.
£3 million has been used to protect the budgets of External Relations, financial services, digital, innovation and competition. Maintaining Jersey’s reputation abroad and in key international organisations is vital to ensure the long term health of the financial services industry, particularly as the UK and EU enter a period of uncertainty created by the decision to leave the EU.
The Back to Work programmes have been successful in getting islanders into employment, so we are proposing to maintain much of this funding to help people who face extra barriers to work.
Funding priority services
We are funding our key public services by reprioritising spending, reducing costs, reforming the public sector to become more efficient and introducing some charges.
- £73 million of savings and efficiencies by 2019
- £46 million through efficiencies
- £25 million through pay restraint and workforce modernisation
- £2m by reprioritising spending
- £4m of User Pays charges
- £10m per year saved through benefit changes (agreed last year)
- £15m per year raised through a new health charge
- £11m per year raised by charging for the disposal of commercial waste
Jersey has a clear plan to tackle the issues facing many economies. Our society is ageing, global competition is intensifying, and we are seeing rapid technological and environmental change.
We start from a position of considerable strength with little debt, significant reserves and a proven track record of fiscal discipline.
This plan explains how we will prioritise our available resources to invest in health, education and St Helier, while supporting economic growth, maintaining our vital infrastructure and balancing our books by 2019.