Commerce Says No to Jersey Infrastructure Levy

Monday 11 September 17:41

Joint open letter to the Environment Minister from the Chamber of Commerce, Construction Council, Hospitality Association, Farmers Union, Association of Jersey Architects.

Joint Industry Response to the Jersey Infrastructure Levy Consultation - to the Environment Minister

Joint Response from:

  • Jersey Chamber of Commerce
  • Jersey Construction Council
  • The Jersey Hospitality Association
  • Jersey Farmers Union
  • The Association of Jersey Architects

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Dear Minister,

This is a joint, open letter on behalf of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce Building and Development Committee and all of the above listed business representative organisations in Jersey, in direct response to the proposed Jersey Infrastructure Levy (JIL) Consultation. Each of these organisations will individually respond to the consultation and we would very much encourage you to read those responses, in conjunction with this letter.

By virtue of the fact that all our organisations are contributing towards and in agreement with the contents of this response, it should illustrate the considerable concern felt by the sector regarding JIL.

Such is the extent of apprehension for JIL, Chamber held an emergency meeting in August to discuss the levy, which can only be viewed as a new additional construction specific business tax. As you will see from this response, there is considerable concern, confusion and frustration felt by the sector as to the potential implications for local development, the construction industry, the islands economy and Jersey, all of which should not be underestimated.

While commerce is appreciative of your desire to consult, we would very much hope that you, as the Planning Minister, along with the Planning Department, the Council of Ministers and fellow politicians, will take seriously the sentiment expressed in this response.

As would normally be the structure of each of our organisations response to such legislative proposals and consultations, feedback would be provided on specific elements that our members highlighted as areas of concern. However, having read through the entire consultation document, we all feel that the proposed levy is fundamentally flawed and despite having previously provided detailed, targeted and critical comments on elements of JIL, they do not appear to have been taken on board or directly answered and there remains significant anomalies, grey areas and flawed information within the consultation document.

Therefore, we have jointly reached the following conclusions:

  1. Critical JIL questions, (listed in the consultation responses from each of the above listed organisations) have not been addressed or responded to now or previously
  2. Scrutiny have not carried out a review of the proposed levy, with regards the impact it may have on development and the islands economy
  3. In light of Brexit, the fall in the value of sterling and the impact it is having on the cost of goods and a reduced migrant workforce, commerce is looking to Jersey’s government to implement measures that boost confidence and grow the economy, not increase the tax burden and costs associated with doing business in the island

Our joint response to the JIL consultation has deliberately been kept brief, as we feel the sentiment expressed is clear, that JIL must not be implemented. 

If you require further information in respect of our joint comments, or would like a joint meeting with our organisations to discuss this further, we would be happy to facilitate.

Ministerial Response to Joint Letter re Jersey Infrastucture Levy

 

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