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Jersey households worse off – but some more than others…

Jersey households worse off – but some more than others…

Friday 13 November 2015

Jersey households worse off – but some more than others…

Almost a third of children and pensioners are living in households at risk of poverty, according to new figures out this morning.

The last five years have seen the amount that households have to spend dropping, with income inequality between the rich and poor rising.

Five years ago, the gap between rich and poor in Jersey was smaller than in the UK – today, Jersey is a more unequal society than the UK, with twice as many pensioners described as living on “relative low incomes”.

The figures are contained in the Household Income Distribution report, which measures how much money different types of households are surviving on. The report uses an international definition of “relative low income” or “at risk of poverty” – which is any household that receives less than 60% of the average (median) income.

In Jersey, that means £29,400 for two adults living together, £41,160 for two adults with two children, or £19,698 for a single adult.

According to those figures:

56% of one-parent families are at risk of poverty.

29% of children are at risk of poverty.

28% of pensioners are at risk of poverty.

The report found that while Jersey’s tax and benefits system reduced inequality between the rich and poor, the effect was completely nullified by the high costs of housing.

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Posted by Havelock Jones on
How many of these people living in 'poverty' are just off the boat as their relations already here have told them the streets are paved with gold. Jersey needs to stop the importation of low wage immigrants and STOP building them 'social housing' just because they have produced children. All this is doing is increasing poverty - however all the bars, supermarkets etc are happy - it keeps wages low.
Posted by Joe Le Gros on
Who calculated these figures?
If they are correct and I have no reason to doubt them then it's long past the time for us the the working people the Pensioners the young people to gather together and speak as one "THE PEOPLE OF JERSEY"
This present government is not fit for purpose.
They have lost touch with humanity
Most are either lazy or incompetent.
Most of them don't care about you they just sit there nod their heads and take home their 50 grand a year.
The figures quoted make me sick and the amount of taxation levied at the working man is bordering on criminal of course that's just my opinion.
I was born and I grew up in Jersey and as a young man I was proud to be a Jerseyman. As time went on in my middle years I started to become disillusioned then I turned into a pensioner I am now ashamed of this heartless money orientated machine called Jersey
We desperately need a new government before this Island is ruined beyond repair.
Posted by Joe Le Gros on
I've just looked across the page to Related News.....
We are all richer but by less than one percent... WHAT!!
Who makes up these figures?
Posted by June OKeeffe on
ok so how do we organise the whole island to get together to kick out the government!
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