Author Topic: 2013 Register of extra charges directly levied by the States of Jersey.  (Read 6932 times)

Offline boatyboy

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Let us be positive, we know that the world economy is in a mess, and as good citizens in a rich, well run, International finance centre we have around six hundred million pounds sitting in the bank but need to pay our taxes and do our bit ;). It did occur that there is no official confirmed list of " NEW" charges and taxes anywhere to be seen here on Jersey, so let us start one.

It can then be balanced against the savings the States are making and slashing expensive nice but not needed capital and bolt on projects like cycle tracks so they won’t have to take more from our pockets and purses.

Should any reader be hit with an extra expense that did not exist ( or has increased ) in 2013, in which the States of Jersey is directly involved please inform us all on planetjersey.

May I start, complete with supporting proof.

To find this heading or thread again just look under tax in the main States departments menu.
JEC States are major ( 51%) stateholder and could veto if they wished to. Then again they could hit the JEC with a one of supertax and return the money by reducing GST.

BBC Jersey.

Electricity prices will rise 9.5% from 1 January, Jersey Electricity has said.
Chris Ambler, from the firm, said the rise was necessary to meet the extra costs of generating electricity locally.
He said it was the first above inflation rise for four years and was "regrettable but unavoidable".
The rise means customers will have to pay an extra £1.50 per week on average, Mr Ambler said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-20160642

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Your local thrift club will now have to pay to exist again States driven.

Under a law which came into force on 1 January, the savings clubs now need to pay up to £150 a year to run games such as football cards.
Jason Lane, the chief executive of the Gambling Commission, said the changes had come as a surprise to some.
In response a free, three-month general license has been issued to cover all thrift clubs on the island.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-20945452

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How nice a free three months grace before your club pays when there was no charge before. Classic spin !

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Offline Jerry Gosselin

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It is kind of fitting that the Gambling Commission is regulating pub thrift clubs because sometimes the savers' cash ends up being invested on a promising nag at Newmarket!  ;D

I remember just such a case in the mid-90's at a pub which I occasionally frequented. I would see the publican regularly leaving the nearby bookies with a stern look on his face... and pretty soon we all found out why. Thankfully I was too skint at the time to afford to join his club, which was a blessing in disguise, as it turned out.

I think the States owns 62% of the JEC, from memory, but probably a higher proportion still of the actual voting rights. Some people may not be aware that last month, the CICRA published a report on Jersey's electricity market, which included the results of its benchmarking exercise, which was favourable to the JEC. It compared the JEC's tariffs to those of Guernsey Electricity, Manx Electricity, Enemalta and Electric Ireland and concluded that on an overall basis, inclusive of standing charges and GST/VAT, the JEC's new standard rate is still the lowest at 15.18p, compared to 16.28p in the Isle of Man, 16.98p in Ireland, 18.54p in Malta and 18.80p in Guernsey. The report can be read here:

http://www.cicra.gg/_files/121211%20-%20Review%20of%20Jersey%20Electricity%20Sector%20-%20public.pdf

When it comes to new stealth taxes, it seems that we should be keeping the spotlight firmly on the States and the parishes themselves, along with the various Quangos that they support, rather than the utility companies (although JT should be watched carefully- we are all painfully aware of how it tried so hard to stifle competition for so long in the telecoms market and is still doing so).

Sometimes it is very hard to spot unreasonable increases in States charges because we don't use the services very often. For example, I was shocked at the level of various funeral expenses when I had a family bereavement some years ago. The total cost of the funeral exceeded £4,000. One of the things I was angry about at the time was that Senator Le Marquand had just doubled the price of obtaining a death certificate to £20, when the equivalent price in the UK was just £7. How on earth can the States justify a price differential like that? Of course when a loved one dies, you have absolutely no choice but to cough up for these things- and don't our States Members just know it!  >:(
« Last Edit: January 09, 2013, 06:23:20 AM by Jerry Gosselin »

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Re: 2013 Register of extra charges directly levied by the States of Jersey.
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2013, 03:43:17 AM »
A season parking ticket is rising in cost by a mere £3.50 a month- but just a minute that is a further £42 per year. The car parks building costs have all been covered and our caring TTS and Minister Lewis are  just taking profit less staff and maintenance costs.  Talk about a money making machine. They are actually sitting on £2.5 million which they for some strange reason think is a good idea ( in these times of down hill recession ) to build a new car park for a mere 90 extra places. On a separate but related issue, is this a new high tech building ? NO just simple concrete floor above snow hill car park for an incredible few 90 cars to park is to cost five million. Yes Mr Ozouf needs to agree to hand over a further £2.5 million ( total £5 million ) yes the islanders must be mad to put up with this pantomime.

Maybe it is me, but I truly do not understand the thinking behind this absurd scheme, nor do I understand why managers who supervise paid for and profitable public parks are  putting prices up. How does this help a) the working person that needs to park b) the retail trade in St Helier c) the quality of life for the thousands of private and public sector workers who are forced to cut their cloth by not getting an inflation adjusted wage increase ? We are told this price rise is linked to inflation.

Do you want to be elected again Kevin Lewis, if so, work for the people,  not your well paid managers at TTS desperate to keep their wages coming in any way they can.


Parking charges up


The cost of parking will go up from tomorrow with a regular single unit paycard increasing to 73p from 71p.

The Transport and Technical Services minister says it is in line with inflation.

Deputy Kevin Lewis says, "Jersey parking charges still remain some of the least expensive in the British Isles. Of course, a price increase is never welcomed."

Here's the full list of parking charges: (inclusive of GST)


1 unit Paycard: 71p to 73p
2 unit Paycard: £1.42 to £1.46
4 unit Paycard: £2.84 to £2.92

Monthly Season Ticket : £116.09 £119.69
Monthly Half Permit: £58.04 to £59.84

5 unit Uniticket: £3.55 to £3.65
10 unit Uniticket: £7.10 to £7.30

*Eco 1 unit Paycard: 36p to 37p
*Eco 2 Unit Paycard: 71p to 73p
*Eco 4 Unit Paycard: £1.42 to £1.46
*Eco Monthly Season Ticket: £58.04 to £59.84
*Eco Monthly Half Permit: £29.02 to £29.92
*Reduced price parking available for qualifying low emission vehicles
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Re: 2013 Register of extra charges directly levied by the States of Jersey.
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2013, 07:43:42 AM »
The usual short-sightedness prevails.

I think States Members staring at their free iPads has reduced their vision even further.

Elsewhere they're planning car free cities: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masdar_City

Who's going to win in the long-term?

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Re: 2013 Register of extra charges directly levied by the States of Jersey.
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2013, 06:30:49 AM »


Builders in Jersey have condemned the latest increase in the cost of planning applications.

The Jersey Construction Council say the 2.5% rise will further stifle the industry.

Council vice-chairman Phil James said the decision had been taken without any reference to the impact it could have on construction projects getting off the drawing board.

"2.5% may seem a small increase but when placed in the context of a multi-million pound project, the sum will have a significant influence on whether it happens. That means another constraint on employment," he said.

Mr James warned the increase would have a significant impact, and he has criticised the planning department for not keeping their costs down.

Planning application fees are four times more expensive in Jersey than in Guernsey and the UK.

http://www.channelonline.tv/channelonline%5Fjerseynews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=503856

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Re: 2013 Register of extra charges directly levied by the States of Jersey.
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2013, 09:56:19 PM »
Quite a few ill-informed comments on that article page.  Don't like builders?  Go live in a cave, or up a tree. ;)

They seem to think that all builders do is build masses of new houses.  Some do of course, but there's whole lot of other building work besides building entirely new houses.

You can get a good idea of the real situation by browsing planning applications here: https://www.mygov.je/Planning/Pages/Planning.aspx

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Re: 2013 Register of extra charges directly levied by the States of Jersey.
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2013, 10:02:28 PM »

Fair comment Danrok, this thread is not about how good or bad builders are its the fact that a planning department , who some say are over staffed, arrogant,  and last but not least inefficient, have just put up the charges to help cover their wage bill. As you say its not just about  building houses small extensions, replacing windows, putting up another shop sign have all just become more expensive when their ridiculous charges are four times higher than Guernsey and the UK.

Nice one Minister Du Hamel, and you are also wrong about double glazed windows.

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Re: 2013 Register of extra charges directly levied by the States of Jersey.
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2013, 10:15:05 PM »
Exactly, however if people don't understand this issue they won't object to it.

They may be failing to understand that all these increased charges have a knock-on effect on the prices they pay in shops, in rent, for fuel and so on.

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Re: 2013 Register of extra charges directly levied by the States of Jersey.
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2013, 12:56:54 AM »
Its not only the planning dept builders have to contend with nowadays. There are also ,"Environment",(Got to ensure that project doesn,t disturb birds,bees,bugs,flowers,trees etc and pay for an environment officer to be present at all times during work in,"Sensitive areas"). "Heritage", ( Got to comply with any amateur enthusiasts whim during construction).
These items do not affect the builder directly because all costs will be passed on to the client.
It is generally the potential client who decides not to proceed with projects when they realise how much, over and above the builders quotation, they will have to pay.

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Dear Mr Dodd your published media statement says,

When the parking was previously free, the car parks were being filled up by car owners who lived in the area. The charging mechanism allows fairer use of spaces.

If these are your heartfelt ambitions, we can take heart with you ideas being based in fairness, because obviously the next statement you will be releasing  will be on the same lines.

When the parking was previously free, the reserved publicly owned car parks were being filled up by thousands of car owners working for the States of Jersey. The charging mechanism allows fairer use of spaces and puts them on par with the public and homeowners who have no choice but to pay to park.

Channel On Line.

Drivers in Jersey are being reminded that free stays in seasonal car parks are ending this weekend.

From Tuesday the rate is one unit for two hours.

Seasonal car parks tend to be located outside of St Helier particularly in tourist spots.

This applies to the following car parks: Lay-bys 5, 6 and 7 on Victoria Avenue, Victoria House, La Perquage at La Route de la Haule, La Mielle at St Aubin, Midbay at St Brelade’s bay, Tams at St Brelade’s bay and Woodford at St Brelade’s bay.

When the parking was previously free, the car parks were being filled up by car owners who lived in the area. The charging mechanism allows fairer use of spaces.

Tristen Dodd, Director of Transport for TTS said:

 "Although there is signage in these seasonal car parks which says that you have to ‘pay and display’, we
want to give people an extra reminder particularly regular users who may not
pay as much attention to signage as others."

http://www.channelonline.tv/channelonline%5Fjerseynews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=504541

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PLANS to charge schoolchildren for extra-curricular music lessons have been defended by the Education Minister at a scrutiny hearing.
Currently, pupils receive free tuition to learn an instrument through the Jersey Instrumental Music Service, but under a new proposal parents would have to pay £55 per term towards lessons.

Deputy Patrick Ryan told the Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel in response to questioning on Friday that the changes would save the department an estimated £200,000 a year.

http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/04/22/education-defends-new-charges-for-extra-music-lessons/

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The more I think about education the more I feel inclined towards home-schooling with the advent of the internet.  This will allow caring parents to pick and choose the company they keep and also stop the terrible incidents of bullying. 

It will also allow parents who care to supervise their environment.  To those who say that children in this environment won't see real life I say this no matter which school you send your childlren to and no matter how much you pay for the privilege you are at the mercy of parents who don't care and don't supervise their children at home or at play.  There are incidents of bad parenting in this island in the past that would have made your hair curl if it was straight.

Children can also be socialised as I appreciate that staying at home may have its drawbacks.

It would be interesting to hear your views.     

I used to be liberal about educaiton but I was blind.

As for music instruction I am sure that could also be adequately addressed with online learning. 

There is an excellent music school for young tots on the island where they can learn music theory from a very early age before they even handle an instrument of any type.  Can you imagine learning to sight read music as you begin to learn to read. 

There are also very many interesting American products where children are taught to communicate with flash cards using short cd sessions all in a very sunny, positive aspect.  I think it is called conditioning. 

As for the old school tie I am sure other organisations could fill in the gaps there if anyone is so inclined.  Online networking is fine but you would have to supervise and choose that wisely also.

Cali :)  as controversial as ever!

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Further to my last post I just had to mention this site that gives a very bleak view of education planned for the future if this website is correct.:

Interesting video and viewpoint regarding conditioning:

http://therightofreply.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/another-pack-of-new-world-order-lies.html

When I originally mentioned conditioning I certainly did not mean this type of conditioning.

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More expense for parents.

How much extra did Senator Ozouf stash away, and give back to his favourites states departments after increasing taxes and stealth charges  ? Anyone for a £23,000 mace party "invitation only " or a new Fort Regent flag pole at a mere £180,000 ?

JEP

PARENTS will have to pay for school children to receive extra-curricular music lessons from September after the States agreed to introduce charges.
Yesterday, Members voted 31 to nine, with one abstention, to approve the plans from the Education Minister, which will save his department £200,000.

http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/05/01/instrumental-music-lessons-to-cost-55-a-term-in-september/

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Re: 2013 Register of extra charges directly levied by the States of Jersey.
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2013, 02:06:33 AM »

Not so much extra charges just less work for the hospital, putting women at more risk to obviously she money.

Jersey an international finance centre, now cuts back on essential smear tests. Preventative medicine is the way forward, but Jersey goes backwards.

CTV

Under 25s will no longer be routinely checked, and those aged 50 to 64 will be screened every 5 years, rather than the current three years.

http://www.channelonline.tv/channelonline%5Fjerseynews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=507142

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