Islanders are starting to receive their ‘Sugar Card’ in the post this week, allowing them to participate in the new sugar rationing scheme. It follows a decision last month for Jersey to follow the UK’s lead and restrict the sale of sugar in order to assure wartime stocks.
Instructions placed in newspaper notices have been advising people what to do. Upon receiving their ‘Sugar Card’ it must be immediately taken to a retailer already registered as participating in the States’ sugar distribution scheme. The retailer retains the top half of the card, and the customer keeps the lower portion. Customers must produce this lower portion each time they want to buy sugar, with the retailer recording when the weekly permitted ration is purchased. On the recommendation of the UK Ministry of Food, this ration is set at 8oz per person in the household.
While the cards must be registered with only one retailer, islanders are not bound to remain with that sugar supplier. They can always re-register on request.
The information provided also explains that anyone who has not yet received their ‘Sugar Card’ should visit a post office where application forms are available.
A/E/10/3 contains correspondence, notices and instructions on the rationing of sugar.