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FOCUS: How much did covid cost us in 2020?

FOCUS: How much did covid cost us in 2020?

Thursday 22 April 2021

FOCUS: How much did covid cost us in 2020?

Thursday 22 April 2021

£582,000 for extra staff at the ITU, £3.3m for health staff PPE, and £10.8m for a Nightingale hospital and £120m to support businesses... Figures released by the Government have shed new light on how the island coped with the pandemic last year.

Of the total £190m spent on tackling the pandemic in 2020, £181m came from additional funding secured by Treasury Minister Deputy Susie Pinel, and approved by the States Assembly.

The Co-Funded Payroll Scheme was the largest source of expenditure with £97.9million. Between March and August 2020 alone, the Government helped a total of 67,137 islanders, costing £80,981,348.32. Its peak month was April, with 16,500 employees receiving payments of £21.5m.

£13.23m was spent on border testing as well as an additional £668,000 on isolation and enforcement.

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Pictured: The Government spent £13.23 million on border testing.

Meanwhile, the provision of PCR and serology tests cost £541,000, Healgen antibody test kits cost £720,000, and the mass antibody testing programme £629,000.

Contact tracing cost just under £2m, the majority of which (£1.12m) incurred in staff costs.

The Nightingale wing cost over £10.8m, with the construction itself costing £9.55m.

PPE supplies for health staff cost £3.32m, while an additional £147,000 and £70,200 was spent on PPE for the Ambulance service and the Prison respectively.


Pictured: Under a £5.10million agreement, local GPs were employed by Government, with some of them providing care at the 'Urgent Treatment Centre'.

The landmark agreement that saw more than 100 GPs from 13 practices directly employed by the Government to work in roles across the Health Department, including at the ‘Urgent Treatment Centre' based in the Gwyneth Huelin Wing at the hospital, cost £5.10m while funding for free GP consultation for the over-80s and islanders with chronic diseases represented just under one million.

Just under £2m was spent on providing education during the pandemic, which included schooling for children of key workers and remote schooling provisions.

Over £1.2m was spent on maintaining a core bus service as well as travel links with the UK.

The Government not only funded a number of services during the pandemic but also lost £9.2m as a result of facilities being closed.


Pictured: The Nightingale wing cost £10.8m.

The Infrastructure Department lost £4.45m in fees from waste tipping, sports centre, planning and building permits, while the income from the Health Department reduced by £3.54m, which included fees from private patients.

In addition, Customs and Immigration lost out almost £350,000 on passport fees and other document fees and the Government had to repay £108,000 to parents as a result of cancelled school trips.

The full breakdown of the costs...

Support for businesses, islanders and local organisations - £120.1m

Payroll co-funding - £97.95m

Economic Stimulus (Spend Local and Benefits Stimulus) - £11.64m

Additional Income Support - £6.05m

Accommodation Providers Subsidy - £2.12m

Support for Jersey Heritage - £1.1m

CRESS Scheme - £470,000

Jersey Business to provide support to covid-hit businesses - £439,000

Support for local fishermen - £253,000

Support to Serco during Aquasplash closure - £130,000


Transport - £1.2m

LibertyBus subsidy - £1.02m

Maintaining essential air travel links to the UK i.e. transporting essential workers, patients and medical supplies - £181,000


Health costs 

Nightingale - £10.8m

Construction - £9.55 million

Operational costs - £645,000

Provision of 180 beds - £558,000

Contact tracing - £1.9m

Staff costs - £1.12m

Software costs - £577,000

Non-staff costs - £211,000


Testing - £18.7m

Border testing - £13.23m

IT equipment, software solutions for phase 2 of the test and trace programme - £947,000

Healgen antibody test kits - £720,000

On-island testing capacity - £719,000 

Isolation and enforcement - £668,000

Mass serology testing - £629,000 

Provision of PCR tests, serology tests and equipment - £541,000

Helpline and other staffing/ covid costs funded by Customer and Local Services - £467,000

Test and trace programme support costs - £417,000

Test and trace, including programme management, communications, minor IT costs, admin - £192,000

Contact tracing app - £181,000


Vaccines - £383,000

Covid vaccine provision - £192,000

Flu vaccine programme - £191,000

PPE - £4.5m

PPE supplies - £3.32m

Extra operational costs, including additional PPE and increased shipping costs - £1.19m


Pictured: PPE supplies for health staff cost £3.32m.


GPs - £6.91m

Redeployment of GPs - £5.10m

Funding of free GP consultation for over-80s and islanders with chronic diseases - £918,000

Urgent Treatment Centre provision - £826,000

Jersey Post prescription delivery service - £71,700


Resources - £830,880

Movement of paediatric CAHMS patients - £342,000

Converting Greenfields into a temporary secure unit for four CAHMS patients to release beds at Robin Ward - £287,000

Purchasing additional residential and nursing home capacity - £201,100

Pulse oximeter monitors to monitor levels of oxygen in blood - £780


Other - £6.02m

Operational costs and preparation for second wave - £6.00m

Covid-related digital projects - £24,200


Staffing - £1.5m

Additional staffing costs at the Intensive Therapy Unit - £582,000

Hotels for essential staffing - £461,000

Furnishing 30 units at Hue Court for health staff - £268,000

Additional capacity in People and Commercial Services to support Government departments - £225,000

Additional staffing costs (public health officers) - £25,000


IT - £2m

Laptop purchase/software - £1.10m

Systems and People Link software - £779,000

Cyber, emergency resourcing and service desk - £187,000


Pictured: Just over a million was spent on buying laptops and software.


Education - £2.2m

Staffing schools for key workers’ children/IT and learning at home provisions - £1.99m

Wellbeing and recovery services - £214,000

Schools’ covid ‘catch-up’ package and student accommodation - £199,000

School fee hardship grants - £39,000


Losses - £9.2m

Reduced income from waste tipping, sports centres, planning and building permits - £4.45m

Reduced income across department i.e. private patients - £3.54m

Loss of income from Highlands courses, school fees, nursery fees, etc - £666,000

Customs and Immigration loss of income i.e. passport fees - £350,000

Fire and Rescue loss of income i.e. fire certificates, courses and testing - £147,000

Reimbursing parents for cancelled school trips - £108,000


Emergency services - £839,200

Other OneGov command teams operational costs - £272,000

Police - £236,000

Ambulance Service PPE and operational costs - £147,000

Jersey Field Squadron assistance and IT equipment - £114,000

Prison Service PPE - £70.200


Other costs - £2m

Blue Islands due diligence - £25,000

Communications - £255,000

Costs for live-streaming the States Assembly from Fort Regent - £10,000

Arms’ Length Functions – Safeguarding marketing and incidentals - £12,000

Setting up the £500m loan - £1.55m

Additional equipment, PPE, operational costs and reduced income from Non-Ministerial Departments - £149,000

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