Chamber Response to proposed changes to the fees under the Control of Housing and Work Law

Thursday 18 May 09:06

Yet further tax increases for businesses operating in Jersey, under the proposed changes to the fees under the Control of Housing and Work Law.

Chamber of Commerce response to - proposed changes to the fees under the Control of Housing and Work Law:

The proposed changes to the fees under the Control of Housing and Work Law are yet further tax increases for businesses operating in Jersey.

At a time when commerce is already being asked to foot the bill for the new liquid and solid waste tax, a tax that will in some cases run into tens of thousands of pounds per annum, these increases to existing fees and the creation of new fees, will once again raise the cost of doing business in the island.

Whilst Chamber is encouraged by the proposal of funds being invested into Skills Jersey and a population office that can provide effective support for the business community, government cannot consistently expect commerce to keep absorbing the costs of their policy proposals.  Especially not when the Chief Minister announced this week, that his government is likely to “broadly balance” their books ahead of the schedule set out in the latest MTFP.

President of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Eliot Lincoln said: “There needs to be a sensible debate about population, a discussion that will help form policy across all government departments including education, health and social security.  A policy, which encourages enterprise and innovation.  A policy that looks beyond the current MTFP term.”

“Our members continually tell us they are facing an uphill struggle in finding new ways of absorbing the increasing cost of operating in Jersey. These latest fee increases will force some businesses, especially those in the building industry who are facing new land taxes under the proposed Community Infrastructure Levy, and now as part of this proposal an additional £500 land or property tax, to seriously consider whether trading in the island is viable.”

The Jersey Chamber of Commerce would strongly urge government to consult with the business community regarding all of these proposed charges, ahead of implementing any of them. We would also suggest a review of their business tariff timetable, with the aim of producing a transparent set of fee increases, which businesses can plan for. As opposed to a constant drip feeding of fees and additional taxes throughout the year, which government appear to believe commerce can absorb.

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