Open Letter to Deputy Noel regarding Waste Charges

Wednesday 6 September 11:37

Joint open letter to the Minister for Infrastructure and sent to all States members, requesting an update on the Waste Strategy, from Chamber, JHA, IOD & JFU.

31st August 2017

Dear DfI Minister,

I am writing to you today on behalf of not only the Jersey Chamber of Commerce but also the Jersey Hospitality Association, Institute of Directors and Jersey Farmers Union.

Whilst we very much appreciate that you and your team have taken the time to meet with a number of us individually, we felt it was important to write to you (and all States members) collectively, following the States debate in July when the policy vote was postponed.

As you are aware, commerce in Jersey have a great many concerns regarding the Waste Tax and while your team are planning the next phase of this policy, in the wake of the vote delay, we all felt it was important to write to you formally and draw your attention to a number of questions and concerns we have.

For ease of reference, these are listed as bullet points below:

  • Could you provide us with an updated schedule and timeline of the proposed waste charges, both liquid and solid. Specifically outlining your intended States debate date and policy introduction date.
  • Can you confirm the rate (both introductory or otherwise) which you are proposing to set the Liquid Waste Tax at.
  • Could you provide us with a copy of the economic impact assessment report, which you have stated was carried out by the States Economics department. Also, could you outline what further impact assessments you intend to carry out, given the wide spread concerns within commerce that your assessment figures are incorrect.
  • It is our understanding that the Jersey Liquid Waste Tax has been based on a U.K. domestic model. Can you please confirm whether this is correct and if so, outline why a commercial model was not adopted. Please also provide us with the name of the region and town, which the Jersey model is based upon.

The next States sitting is scheduled for Tuesday 12th September 2017. Could I therefore, request that you respond to this letter and our questions by Friday 8th September 2017, to allow industry to review your response.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

With kind regards,

Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Jersey Hospitality Association, Institute of Directors and Jersey Farmers Union.

 

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