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ESS urges islanders to submit income declaration for family allowance

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Wednesday 24 November 2021

Employment & Social Security are urging those who have not yet submitted their family allowance income declaration to do so as soon as possible to avoid this support ceasing.

In September, Employment & Social Security sent out letters to those who receive family allowance, asking them to return a declaration by 31st October confirming whether their household income was expected to be less than the £120,000 cap in 2022. Those who receive both income support and family allowance were not required to return a declaration as their household income is beneath the cap.

It is anticipated that some people whose income is above the cap may decide not to complete the declaration. However, only 60% of the declarations that were sent out have been received back. Therefore, it is likely that there are still many people who have not submitted their declaration who would be entitled to continue to receive family allowance.

Islanders that receive family allowance who haven't received a letter about these changes should email pensionsallowances@gov.gg or call 01481 222506. This does not apply to those who also receive income support.

Deputy Peter Roffey, President of the Committee for Employment & Social Security said:

'We're really close to being able to deliver the redistribution of family allowance, but it's vital that those who are entitled to receive this benefit continue to do so. For this to happen, we need to receive islanders' income declarations as soon as possible.

'At the start of next year we don't want people to lose the support that they need, nor do we want to add greater administrative pressure to our teams if lots of family allowance claims have to be set up again in the new year.

'If you've got the letter sat around somewhere, please complete it and send it back to us. If you received the letter but have misplaced it or if you think you should've received a letter but didn't, please get in contact as soon as possible.'

From 3 January 2022, as well as family allowance only being paid to those who have an annual income below £120,000, family allowance will only be paid up to a child's 18th birthday.

The redistribution of family allowance, agreed by the States in August 2020, will mean that children will receive a States subsidy for GP appointments, nurse consultations and Emergency Department treatment. All children will also be able to receive free annual dental check-ups and dental health education in schools; along with extended cultural development opportunities for States primary school pupils.

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