The States agreed this week to make a generous financial ‘gift’ towards Britain’s war effort. What’s more, the £25,000 offered is likely to be just the first instalment paid by Jersey as the UK seeks to fund the immense cost of waging the war.
The British Government first raised the question of a financial contribution back in June this year. In recent weeks, they have been pressing the Lieutenant Governor for an update on progressing the request. In response, the States have accepted the need to offer a payment. The amount proposed represents a little more than that which the island had been paying in Militia expenses each year since the start of the war.
There was some disquiet from States Members over where exactly the money would come from. One St Helier deputy wanted assurance that the cost would not impact the lower classes but be raised from those who could most easily afford to pay more. No information was forthcoming from the Finance Committee on this matter, however, although it is known that additional taxes are under consideration. These could include some form of personal income tax for the first time.
A/E/3 contains correspondence between the British and Jersey governments on the matter of financial contributions towards the war effort.