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Tax Review – Phase 2

 

We’ve put this page together to help our members follow developments with Guernsey’s Tax Review. If you spot any mistakes or omissions, please email hello@womeninpubliclife.gg.

 

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In brief
Sursis and amendments
Podcasts
Deputy videos and opinion pieces
Business/think tank reaction
Events
Media coverage

 

In brief

 

In Feb/Mar 2022, P&R consulted the public on changes to the tax system at a series of drop-ins. As a result of the feedback, the debate that was due to happen in July 2022 was postponed and the proposals reworked.

On 28 November 2022, P&R published revised proposals for debate at the 25 Jan 2023 States meeting.

For a straightforward explanation of the new package, go to the tax section of the Our Island, Our Future on the States website – it includes FAQs and case studies.

Summary of the debate so far

 

Full policy paper

States meeting 25 January 2023 (includes links to listen to recordings of the debate)

 

If you want to go into more detail

 

Sursis and Amendments

 

Meerveld/Blin – lost

Sursis Motivé – delay GST and social security changes and instruct P&R to develop three options for the size and level of government services. Vote: 29-10 LOST.

Prow/Dudley-Owen
Amendment 1 – any change to GST rate must be brought to the States for approval

Parkinson/McKenna – lost
Amendment 2 – new corporate income tax system. Vote: 11-28 LOST

Roffey/Ferbrache
Amendment 3 – more support for low income pensioner households

Soulsby/St Pier – ‘Fairer Alternative’ – lost
Amendment 4 – alternative package of proposals, no GST. Vote: 16-24 LOST
Media release
Report – A Fairer Alternative

Gollop/Matthews
Amendment 5 – exemption for food and charity sales
Amendment 6 – increase in personal tax allowance to £5,525

Matthews/Gollop
Amendment 7 – investigate a proportional property tax based on property value

Burford/Trott
Amendment 8 – return P&R’s signoff limit for capital projects back to £5m (from £586m)

Helyar/Ferbrache – withdrawn

Amendment 9 – if GST defeated, reduce States budgets between 2024 and 2028 to put States finances in the same position as if £50-60m had been raised.

Le Tocq/Ferbrache – withdrawn

Amendment 10 – no increase in GST for 10 years, review services and capital spend, capital spend no less than 1.5% of GST

Leadbeater/Cameron

Amendment 11 – report on opportunities for unemployed and non-employed to join the workforce

Meerveld/Vermeulen ‘Lifeboat’ – lost

Amendment 12 – removes GST and consolidates previous P&R amendments. Vote: 11-26 LOST

 

Podcasts

 

Guernsey Press Politics Podcast

The tax debate: what to expect (16 Jan)
The tax debate: a corporate solution (17 Jan)
The tax debate: Deputy Peter Ferbrache on the challenges to P&R’s plan (18 Jan)
The tax debate: Deputy Peter Roffey on P&R’s ‘progressive’ plan (18 Jan)
The tax debate: Deputy Heidi Soulsby on a ‘fairer alternative’ to GST  (19 Jan)
The tax debate: Why Deputy Blin on why he is saying ‘no to GST’ (20 Jan)
The tax debate: Deputy Ferbrache and Deputy Meerveld (21 Jan)
Shorthand States: Tax debate preview (24 Jan)
Shorthand States: Tax debate day one (25 Jan)
Shorthand States: Tax debate day two (26 Jan)
Shorthand States: Tax debate (27 Jan)

BBC Guernsey

TaxCast: day one (25 Jan)
TaxCast: day two (26 Jan)
TaxCast: day three (27 Jan)

Bailiwick Express

Bailiwick Express: The tax review explained (18 Jan)

GNET Radio

Radio #CHOG: Keith Pengelley interviews Deputy Charles Parkinson (at 24:00) (22 Jan)
Radio #CHOG. Keith Pengelley interviews Deputy Gavin St Pier (at 33:15) (29 Jan)

 

Deputy videos and opinion pieces

 

Deputy Liam McKenna: ‘Say No to GST’ (video)
Response to Deputy McKenna from Deputy Peter Ferbrache P&R president offers debate to GST opponent (7 Dec, Guernsey Press)

P&R: ‘Our goal is to secure the best outcome for Guernsey’s future’ (8 Dec, Guernsey Press)
P&R: response to Deputy Parkinson’s tax review amendment (13 Jan)

Deputy Peter Ferbrache: GST will not put island at a disadvantage (28 Dec, Guernsey Press)
Deputy Peter Ferbrache: What GST will mean for you (7 Jan, Guernsey Press)

Deputy Mark Helyar: Explainer #1 (video)
Deputy Mark Helyar: Explainer #2 (video)

Deputy Peter Roffey: ‘I just don’t do factional politics’ (10 Nov, Guernsey Press)
Deputy Peter Roffey: Public services in peril without decisive action (10 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Deputy Peter Roffey: “This is about the long game” (24 Jan, Bailiwick Express)

Deputy Gavin St Pier: GPEG’s tax analysis (6 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Deputy Gavin St Pier: Will ‘Fairer Alternative’ get a fair fight? (24 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Deputy Gavin St Pier: What happened in the States this month? (3 Feb, Bailiwick Express)

Deputy John Gollop: Dep. Gollop says no to Open Market tax levy (3 Feb, Bailiwick Express)

 

Business/think tank reaction

 

GPEG: Taxation – the way forward.
GPEG responds to tax analysis criticism (9 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
GPEG: ‘We can’t afford to become a high tax jurisdiction’ (24 Jan, Guernsey Press)

IoD: Tax Review survey results

Chamber of Commerce: Private sector encouraged to propose “workable alternative solutions” to tax review (7 Dec, Bailiwick Express)
Chamber of Commerce: Tax analysis paper
Chamber of Commerce: Results of members survey
Chamber of Commerce: ‘Do we really have a deficit‘ (24 Jan, Guernsey Press)

Standard and Poors: States of Guernsey Ratings Lowered To ‘A+/A-1’ On Eroded Asset Buffer; Outlook Stable (requires registration for a free account to access press release).

Guernsey International Business Association (GIBA): Statement on the Tax Review
Guernsey International Business Association: GST is first step to removing deficit – finance industry body (24 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Guernsey International Business Association: Only GIBA backs P&R (26 Jan, Bailiwick Express)

 

Events

 

28 Nov: Watch video of P&R‘s November presentation at Les Beaucamps School.

10 Jan: Watch video of P&R’s Live Facebook Q&A with questions from the public.

14 Jan: P&R public drop-in at Beau Sejour from 10am – 12 noon.

16 Jan: Watch video of Say No to GST: Reform of Corporate Taxation presentation from Deputies Parkinson and McKenna. St Pierre Park.

17 Jan: Watch video of P&R public meeting at Beau Sejour.

19 Jan: International Sustainability Institute (Dr Andy Sloan): Guernsey Tax Review – presenting a radical, more sustainable, approach.

22 Jan: Say No to GST rally. March from North Beach to Market Square for speeches.
Video

25 Jan: Say No to GST protest. Steps of the States prior to States meeting.

 

Media coverage

 

Since the debate

Fairer alternative rejected (27 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Territorial tax plan rejected (27 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Deputies voice support for ‘fairer alternative’ to tax plan (27 Jan, Guernsey Press)
All attempts to oust GST so far have failed (27 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Confidential paper “found in recycling” shows late tax review changes (27 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Confidential tax review paper found in public “not sensitive” says Ferbrache (27 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Editor: Past votes don’t make a perfect future (27 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Public trust ‘shattered’ after no decision on GST (28 Jan, Guernsey Press)
‘Fairer alternative’ version two put to P&R (30 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Open market tax idea branded ‘hugely damaging’ (31 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Richard Graham: Can-kicking and personality politics (31 Jan, Guernsey Press)
New tax plans on the way (31 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Editor: No solutions when fear is the driver (31 Jan, Guernsey Press)
P&R working on its own GST-free alternative tax plan (1 Feb, Guernsey Press)
Anti-GST deputies deny they played personality politics (1 Feb, Guernsey Press)
Open market tax idea dashed (1 Feb, Bailiwick Express)
Editor: Reject ‘fag packet’ politics (1 Feb, Guernsey Press)
Inder warns against any alterations to open market (2 Feb, Guernsey Press)
Editor: Please show your workings (2 Feb, Guernsey Press)
Sensible for P&R to have alternative, says key supporter (3 Feb, Guernsey Press)
GST? No regrets (3 Feb, Bailiwick Express
‘P&R resignations fear helped defeat fairer alternative’ (3 Feb, Guernsey Press)
Editor: Tax options still to be explored (3 Feb, Guernsey Press)
Hands offers three-pronged approach to raising revenue (6 Feb, Guernsey Press)
Editor: Time again for ingenuity and bravery (6 Feb, Guernsey Press)
Media release from Fairer Alternative group (7 Feb)

Previous months

November

Peter Rose: States funding shortfall is “fake news” (9 Nov, Bailiwick Express)
Tax rises unpopular but right thing to do – Gpeg (12 Nov, Guernsey Press)
Richard Digard: There’s no victory in GST (25 Nov, Guernsey Press)
Tax plan includes 5% – but P&R says most families will be better off (28 Nov, Bailiwick Express)
Why States’ leaders STILL think GST and tax reform is needed (28 Nov, Bailiwick Express)
“Unacceptable” and “damaging” service cuts if States reject GST (28 Nov, Bailiwick Express)
5% GST is proposed as States seeks to make poorest better off too (28 Nov, Guernsey Press)
‘We’ve listened to the public’ – tax review 2.0 published today (28 Nov, Guernsey Press)
GST at 5% is States’ plan to fill £70m deficit (29 Nov, Guernsey Press)
More than half of islanders could be better off under new tax plans, says States (29 Nov, Guernsey Press)
Some could be given ‘cash payment’ to offset GST impact (29 Nov, Guernsey Press)
Tax plans: a recap (29 Nov, Bailiwick Express)
How the tax plans could affect you (29 Nov, Bailiwick Express)
Social security changes help poorer families and ‘middle Guernsey’ (29 Nov, Bailiwick Express)
Tempers start to fray at tax meeting (29 Nov, Bailiwick Express)
Former Vice President reveals opposition to P&R tax plan (29 Nov, Bailiwick Express)
Is this the future without GST? (30 Nov, Guernsey Press)
Senior politicians make the case for tax reform (30 Nov, Guernsey Press)
‘P&R’s approach to the tax review was the last straw’ (30 Nov, Guernsey Press)
Editor: This tired rhetoric just won’t cut it (30 Nov, Guernsey Press)

December

‘Review focused on the wrong taxes’ (1 Dec, Guernsey Press)
Tax amendments incoming (2 Dec, Bailiwick Express)
Matt Fallaize: The States’ biggest test (2 Dec, Bailiwick Express)
Horace Camp: Right solution, wrong problem (2 Dec, Bailiwick Express)
P&R president offers debate to GST opponent (7 Dec, Guernsey Press)
Hayley North: Let’s keep life wonderful (7 Dec, Guernsey Press)
Tax details are “being lost in the public debate” (8 Dec, Bailiwick Express)
GST ‘explainer’ and ‘complainer’ (8 Dec, Bailiwick Express)
Richard Digard: A get-out-of-jail card for the tax and spenders? (9 Dec, Guernsey Press)
Sam Mézec: ‘GST has been a failure in Jersey’ (12 Dec, Guernsey Press)
Digby Jones: ‘Everyone must play their part’ (14 Dec, Guernsey Press)
Horace Camp: We cannot afford a nanny state (16 Dec, Guernsey Press)

January

Tax debate hots up as deputies face the public (4 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Digby Jones: ‘What about dealing with what we’re spending before looking at how we pay for it?’ (5 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Just say no to GST, says group of deputies (6 Jan, Guernsey Press)
‘We may lose this battle, but we won’t lose the GST war’ (6 Jan, Guernsey Press)
We need to live within our means, say opponents of introducing GST (6 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Anti-GST campaign launched (6 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Quick-fire responses over Tax Review (11 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Were your questions answered? (11 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
‘We will continue to look to make savings’ (12 Jan, Guernsey Press)
More tax plan case studies revealed (12 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Charities fear having to charge GST to customers (13 Jan, Guernsey Press)
CIT suggested instead of GST (13 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
‘Company tax would raise at least £20m.’ (14 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Guernsey dips below Jersey in international credit ratings (14 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Global rating downgrade a ‘wake-up call’ for deputies (14 Jan, Guernsey Press)
S&P downgrades Guernsey’s credit rating (14 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Poll-toppers propose ‘fairer alternative’ to GST (16 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Alternative tax package promises greater States savings (16 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
GST the main reason for deputy quitting her place on P&R (16 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Why S&P? (16 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
I’m not sure we have the support to win the day’ (16 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Corporate tax challenge wouldn’t prevent “enormous annual shortfalls” (16 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Hayley North: Why aren’t we more ambitious? (16 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Comms criticism as GST debate nears (16 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Tony Cunningham: The rhetoric of the GST brigade is designed to panic people into misguided decisions (16 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
An in-depth look at the alternative tax proposals (16 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Retail would be ‘decimated’ (17 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Editor: Last chance for States to step up (17 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Consumption tax rises “inevitable” without improved growth (17 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Parkinson makes the case for corporate reform (17 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
‘Fairer alternative’ is dismissed as tokenism (18 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Tax debate could be put back to 2024 (18 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Amendments call for food, charities to be GST-exempt (18 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Poll: what would you choose? (18 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
What deputies said about GST in their election manifestos (18 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Dr Andy Sloan: A radical, more sustainable, alternative to P&R’s proposals? (18 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Environment tax on cruise ships could be catastrophic (19 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Taxis will cost more with GST (20 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Tax alternatives ‘fail to help the lower paid’ says ESS President (19 Jan, Guernsey Press)
‘Fundamental problem with the tax review is the timing’ (20 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Think tank lays out “radical alternative” to tax plan (20 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Richard Digard: Plan B’s worth a punt (20 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Defending the so-called “Fairer Alternative” (20 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Editor: Time for a radical rethink (20 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Half of Guernsey States say they will not back P&R tax plans (20 Jan, BBC Guernsey)
‘Give up on GST now’, chief minister urged (21 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Anti-GST rally tomorrow (21 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Thousands say ‘no to GST’ (22 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Thousands protest against GST (23 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Deputies urge P&R to drop GST plans (23 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Your anti-GST rally (23 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
‘If GST comes in, it’s the last straw for many shops‘ (23 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Highlights from the GST rally (23 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Alderney States members say ‘yes’ to goods and services tax (23 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Editor: All trust is lost over spending (23 Jan, Guernsey Press)
P&R will table tax plan – lack of action prompts concern (24 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
‘Economically destructive’ Tax Review debate looms large (24 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Poll: Support for alternative plans (24 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Tax debate ‘an opportunity to give Guernsey the future it deserves’, says chief minister (25 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Gallery: Protestors gather as tax debate gets underway (25 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Act now on tax call from Ferbrache as States losses mount (25 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
GST debate rolls on (25 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Watch: Hundreds say no to GST as debate begins (26 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Case made for alternative course of action on tax (26 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Election call if P&R’s tax plan rejected (26 Jan, Guernsey Press)
P&R willing to make concessions to save tax plan (26 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Deputies warned against opting for ‘comfort blanket’ of delay on tax (26 Jan, Bailiwick Express)
Tax open market property, says financier Guy Hands (27 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Election call if P&R’s tax plan rejected (27 Jan, Guernsey Press)
Editor: Past votes don’t make a perfect future (27 Jan, Guernsey Press)

 

Tax Review – Phase 1

Our briefing note on the original proposals from early in 2022 is available HERE.

 

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Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: data.ipu.org) 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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