Committee for Employment & Social Security - P.2022/80
The States are asked to decide:
Whether, after consideration of the Policy Letter entitled 'Contributory Benefit and Contribution Rates for 2023', dated 12th September 2022, they are of the opinion:
1. To set the contributions limits and rates as set out in Tables 5-7 of the Policy Letter, from 1st January 2023.
2. To set the standard rates of contributory social insurance benefits as set out in Table 8 of the Policy Letter, from 2nd January 2023.
3. To agree that the Social Insurance (Guernsey) Law, 1978 and any necessary legislation under it ("the Law") is amended to make any necessary provision to give the Director of the Revenue Service powers to issue civil sanctions, including civil enforcement, information notices and civil penalty notices, in relation to breaches of requirements under the Law relating to social insurance contributions; and provide for appropriate rights of appeal to the Guernsey Revenue Service Tribunal against decisions of the Director of the Revenue Service in relation to such civil sanctions, as further detailed in paragraphs 3.29 to 3.38 of the Policy Letter.
4. To set the contribution (co-payment) required to be made by the claimant of care benefit, under the Long-term care Insurance Scheme, at £306.46 per week, from 2nd January 2023.
5. To set the weekly long-term care benefit at the rates set out in Table 13 of the Policy Letter, from 2nd January 2023.
6. To set the weekly respite care benefit at the rates set out in Table 14 of the Policy Letter, from 2nd January 2023.
7. To note that the Committee for Employment & Social Security intends to investigate the long-term financial implications of a 'double lock' uprating policy, whereby increases to the States Pension and all other contributory benefits, except Long-Term Care benefit, would either be equal to RPIX plus one third of the real increase in median earnings, or to RPIX, whichever is highest, and to report back to the States in the Committee's Policy Letter on contributory benefits and contribution rates for 2024.
8. To direct the Committee for Employment & Social Security to investigate further the option of reducing the maximum age of a child in respect of whom a family allowance credit is awarded from 16 to five, and to report back to the States in the Committee's Policy Letter on contributory benefits and contribution rates for 2024.