Scrutiny to Review Tax Burden and External Affairs

Thursday 7 September 09:56

Scrutiny to review the overall tax burden on individual tax payers and the health considerations used as a basis for increasing Impôts duties on alcohol and tobacco. The same panel will also review the priorities of the Ministry for External Relations.

Scrutiny Panel launches two new reviews
The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel, chaired by Deputy John Le Fondré, has commenced two new reviews in relation to the Budget and External Relations Policy.
The Panel will firstly be undertaking a preparatory review in advance of the 2018 Budget being lodged in the coming Autumn. This review will include an analysis of the changes in the overall tax burden on individual tax payers in recent years, as well as an appraisal of the evidence for using health considerations as a basis for increasing Impôts duties on alcohol and tobacco. 
The Panel has also agreed to review the Island’s External Relations Policy. Led by Vice-Chairman, Deputy Simon Brée, this review will examine the priorities of the Ministry for External Relations and how effectively the existing policy translates into operational activity.
The review in relation to the 2018 Budget is expected to report by the end of September 2017, whilst the review of External Relations Policy will report back by the end of the year.
Deputy John le Fondre, Chairman of the Panel stated: “The preparatory work for the 2018 Budget, picks up on areas that we have previously identified as requiring further work. This review will pull a large amount of evidence together and provide a platform for the Panel’s work on the Budget itself.”
Deputy Simon Brée, Vice-Chairman, said: “With Jersey increasing its presence on the international stage, having an effective external relations policy is more vital than ever before. This piece of work will review both how suitable the Island’s policy is for the current day, as well as how it is applied operationally.”

05Sep17 Scrutiny Press Release


The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel holds a quarterly public hearing with the Chief Minister on Friday 15th September 2017. The Panel is inviting members of the public to send in questions they would like to ask the Chief Minister. The Panel will then select some of the questions to be put to the Chief Minister during the Hearing. The questions must be relevant to current affairs in the Island and cannot be of a personal nature.  
Questions can be tweeted to @Jerseyscrutiny, posted to the States Assembly Facebook page or emailed to The deadline for receiving questions is 12pm on Thursday 14th September.
The Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel will be giving a similar opportunity for questions to be submitted for its next public hearing with the Education Minister. Further details of this will be announced soon.
Scrutiny Panels hold quarterly public hearings with Ministers and senior civil servants in order to hold Ministers to account on their policies and other matters of public interest. Public hearings are usually held in the States Building and are open to members of the public to attend. Podcasts and transcripts are published after the hearing. Work is underway to introduce live webcasting of public hearings in the future.

06Sep17 Scrutiny Press Release



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