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C&AG Reports Welcomed by Government

Nov 24, 2021

C&AG reports into Covid-19 business support schemes welcomed by Government

Government has welcomed two reports, published today (Wednesday 24 November) by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), which assess the support given to businesses during Covid-19.

The C&AG, Lynn Pamment, found that the business support schemes were developed and implemented at pace, with appropriate consideration given to risk. Her reports also note that the schemes were not accessed by businesses to the degree anticipated by Government, recommend that post-payment audit checks are conducted as soon as possible, and that the schemes are formally evaluated against their planned objectives.

The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Senator Lyndon Farnham, said: “From the start of the pandemic, it was vital that livelihoods were protected and the Comptroller and Auditor General has recognised that we acted quickly to ensure that Jersey businesses could continue to operate in very difficult conditions. We will consider what we can learn from the report’s findings, and will continue to work with the C&AG in assessing Government’s response to Covid-19.

“When developing these schemes, we prepared for worst-case scenarios, and it’s good news that they were accessed by fewer businesses than we anticipated. The worst-case scenario was largely avoided because of the way in which Government, the businesses community and Islanders more generally responded to the pandemic. For some sectors, which are still affected, Government support will continue to help them to continue trading until spring of 2022, and the return to safe normality.”

The schemes which have been assessed are:

  • Co-Funded Payroll Scheme
  • Fixed Cost Support Scheme
  • Business Disruption Loan Guarantee Scheme
  • Visitor Accommodation Support Scheme
  • Visitor Attractions and Events Scheme

Minister for Treasury and Resources, Deputy Susie Pinel, said: “These schemes represent a significant investment by Government and contributed to the continuity of hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs in Jersey. With the Co-Funded Payroll Scheme, some 16,481 employees received payments through claims made by 3,649 businesses at its peak in April 2020.

“It is right for the schemes to have been reviewed, and I am pleased with the conclusions that have been made.”

Government of Jersey News Release.

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