Benefits set to rise by 3.6%

BENEFIT payments could rise by 3.6%, if the States agrees to the Social Security Department's recommendations.

Gavin St Pier

BENEFIT payments could rise by 3.6%, if the States agrees to the Social Security Department's recommendations.

But the Treasury and Resources Department has warned that the increase could take money away from other areas.

The proposals, which will be discussed by the States in the October meeting, could see benefits for unemployment, sickness, maternity and industrial injury rise from £136.99 a week to £141.89. Supplementary benefits would rise by 3.1%.

It is predicted that the supplementary benefit budget, which helps give extra support to a variety of people, including jobseekers, people who are pregnant, carers and single parents, will rise to £20.2m. next year.

Treasury and Resources Minister Gavin St Pier, pictured, warned that government was trying to cut costs.

Comments for: "Benefits set to rise by 3.6%"

Guern abroad

Whilst I do not have a handle on the figures any more than I can see on this page, £20.2 million a year for just one element of the social security budget seems a massive figure.

I wonder what % of the population is receiving any one of these benefits if not a fair shake of them.

May need to take a good hard long look at how payments are made and review the justification of some from a point of view of introducing a sliding scale of payment where there might be multiple payments for the same support. I am thinking of child support here, maybe the implications of any saving might not be that huge, but if there is a payment per child then it could be looked at to reduce for subsequent child claims. It would need to be introduced in such a way that people could adjust to the change and not applied in one sudden change.

This is the whole social project that needs to be looked at to help ensure those that need are provided for and those that make choices to not make changes are supported out of that choice and off being supported.