One of the most pressing matters that the new Council of Ministers will be keen to address - if election issues are anything to go by - is the rising cost of living.
The current inflation rate is 6%, which means that the average cost of items such as fuel and food is rising at the fastest rate in more than a decade.
In the UK, where Jersey sources most of its goods, it is 9.1%, and the Bank of England has warned it could rise to 11% in the next few months.
The reasons are global - including the war in Ukraine and shortages of certain basic commodities such as wheat, coffee and cotton - however, Jersey has some levers in terms of how islanders are taxed.
The Jersey Consumer Council has been campaigning for months for the Government to take action, although the previous Council was reluctant to take up its recommendations.
Reflecting on last week’s election, JCC Chairman Carl Walker said: “There is certainly more hope of action than there was before.
“Earlier this year, Kristina Moore, who may be the next Chief Minister, proposed increasing the Community Bonus Scheme by 8%, so we will hopefully see some meaningful steps taken.”
Pictured: Deputy Kristina Moore proposed increasing the Community Bonus Scheme but withdrew her plan when the Government introduced its own 'top-up' scheme.
He added: “The last Government proposed a measly £4.62 a week top-up for islanders in receipt of Income Support, and a week after that announcement, the JEC put their prices up, which wiped out that increase in an instant.
“And the minister who proposed that, and many of her Council colleagues, were ousted by the electorate on Wednesday. I think that says it all.
“But it is not just those on Income Support who are struggling. Those just above the benefit threshold are finding it equally hard, if not harder.
“I hope this government will pay more attention than the last to our package of short-term measures that we think will help islanders through the current cost-of-living emergency.”
Those measures, which the Council think should be brought in for three months, are:
Mr Walker said: “Talking to retail bosses last week, I expect that the price of basics is going to go up a lot more by October. Unfortunately, the last government wouldn’t listen and seemed happy to pass the problem on to this Assembly.
“Of course, this is a global problem, but Jersey has the levers to make some meaningful changes.”
Chief Minister hopeful Deputy Moore also made a number of cost of living pledges in her manifesto.
These include using the additional GST revenue from higher prices to make temporary reductions to some duties, such as fuel.
They also include introducing measures to help low- and middle-income households with rising costs before winter; and encouraging more people away from oil- and gas-fuelled heating.
Deputy-elect and former Chief Minister Ian Gorst, who is backing Kristina Moore for the top role, previously called for the matter of fuel duty to be urgently dealt with before the election. He told Express's Politics Disassembled podcast that there should be a cut of 10p.
Meanwhile, Deputy Sam Mezec, another politician vying to be Chief Minister, also has a set of policies - set out in the Reform Party manifesto - aimed at alleviating the burden of rising prices.
Pictured: Reform party leader Sam Mezec will lodge a proposal on Monday calling for the minimum wage to increase from £9.22 to £10 an hour.
He said: “Tackling rising costs was a key manifesto pledge of ours. We made a conscious decision not to focus on navel-gazing issues like electoral reform but on issues that voters are most interested in.
“These include taking GST off food, rent control and raising the minimum wage.
“In the coming months, we will be fighting hard to implement them, whether that’s by ministerial order within government or outside of government, with our now-doubled Assembly membership.
“The first week, we will meet to begin work on our Housing Crisis Action Plan. That is ready to go: it needs no more reviews, consultations or money spent on it.
“And on Monday, after being sworn in, I will be lodging a proposition to raise the minimum wage to £10 an hour from October, and seek to align it with the Living Wage as soon as possible.”
It seems likely that, whoever is elected Chief Minister and whoever forms their Council, measures aimed at making everyday goods and services more affordable will be brought to the Assembly soon.
Whether they can keep up with the pace of rising prices will be the question on everyone's lips.
The Jersey Consumer Council has created the following price comparison tools to help islanders compare the costs of different essentials...
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