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Non-contributory benefit rates for 2020

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Committee for Employment & Social Security - P.2019/106

pdf icon Amendment 1 - Deputy Fallaize & Deputy de Sausmarez [423kb]
pdf icon Amendment 2 - Deputy Fallaize & Deputy de Sausmarez [422kb]
The States are asked to decide:

Whether, after consideration of the policy letter entitled 'Non-contributory benefit rates for 2020', dated 7th October 2019, they are of the opinion:

1. To set the income support requirement rates at the rates set out in Table 1 of that policy letter, from 10th January 2020.

2. To direct the Committee forEmployment & Social Security to commission an independent analysis of the baskets of goods in order to update the minimum income standard for Guernsey and to submit the findings to the States no later than the date of submission of the policy letter on non-contributory benefit rates for 2021.

3. To set the benefit limitation for a person living in the community at £850 per week, from 10th January 2020.

4. To set the benefit limitation rates in relation to people not living in the Community at the rates set out in rows 3 and 4 of Table 4 of that policy letter, from 10th January 2020.

5. To note that the Committee for Employment & Social Security will return to the States with a policy letter addressing the future of the earnings disregard before the end of the political term.

6. To set the maximum rent allowances at the amounts set out in Table 6 of that policy letter, from 10th January, 2020.

7. To set the amount of the personal allowance payable to people in Guernsey and Alderney residential or nursing homes who are in receipt of income support at £36.00 per week, from 10th January 2020.

8. To set the amount of the personal allowance payable to people in United Kingdom hospitals or care homes who are in receipt of income support at £55.21 per week, from 10th January 2020.

9. To set the supplementary fuel allowance paid to income support householders at £29.66 per week, from 25th October 2019 to 24th April 2020.

10. To set the rates and annual income limit for severe disability benefit and carer's allowance at the rates and limit set out in Table 7 of that policy letter, from 6th January 2020.

11. To amend the scheme for free television licences so that it is free of charge to all households in Guernsey and Alderney in receipt of income support where one resident has reached pension age, in line with the increasing pension age.

12. To direct the preparation of such legislation as may be necessary to give effect to the above decisions.

The above Propositions have been submitted to Her Majesty's Procureur for advice on any legal or constitutional implications in accordance with Rule 4(1) of the Rules of Procedure of the States of Deliberation and their Committees.

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