Jersey’s only political party have brought forward their own package of economic recovery proposals which include free primary health care, taxing all businesses and writing off household debts.
Dubbing it their own ‘New Deal’, Reform Jersey hope that their proposed bundle of economic measures will ensure there’s “no going back to business as usual.”
Unveiled just an hour after a Ministerial media briefing focusing on the Government’s economic recovery plans, Reform Jersey’s ‘new deal’ puts forward the party’s values and ideas for steering the island out of the crisis.
Pictured: Senator Mézec launching Reform's 'New Deal' this afternoon.
In a document introducing Reform’s ‘new deal’, the party – led by Senator Sam Mézec and comprising Deputies Carina Alves, Geoff Southern, Montfort Tadier and Rob Ward – states the following: “Jersey had serious problems before this crisis hit, which were often made worse by government policy. The previous decade had seen a huge growth in the gap between the rich and the poor, with poverty rising and wages stagnating.
“Despite record numbers in work, productivity had been steadily declining, and we had just had a year of pay disputes in the public sector. A return to business as usual will not address the underlying problems that Jersey has been suffering from for years.”
In an echo of the Ministerial plan - Response, Recover, Renewal - Reform Jersey has proposed its own ‘Rs’ which are as follows, accompanied by some possible policy proposals:
Ministerial plans will be debated by States Members this week. The first phase labelled ‘response’ refers to Government actions so far to support islanders and businesses – including the payroll co-funding scheme and deferral of social security and GST payments.
Pictured: The first phase 'response' refers to the support schemes Government has already put in place to support islanders and businesses.
Next comes the 'recover' phase, which will involve "timely, targeted and temporary" measures to stimulate the economy, similar to the £44m of initiatives implemented following the global financial crash in 2009.
And lastly comes 'renewal', which Ministers say will involve: "...developing a more diverse, inclusive, productive and sustainable economy for the long term. Social, community and environmental recovery are closely linked to this work, which will aim to promote economic inclusivity, diversity and sustainability and improve the standard of living and wellbeing of citizens."
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