Guernsey States agrees benefit increases

Benefit rises above the rate of inflation have been agreed by the States of Guernsey.

Deputies voted for a 3.6% rise in pensions and contributory benefits, including sickness and unemployment.

Supplementary benefits will rise by 2.6% and the overall benefit limitation will increase from £405 to £450 per week.

During debate, Social Security Minister Mark Dorey warned of the rising costs due to pensioners living longer.

Moves to reduce the increase to 2.6%, the RPIX figure for June 2011, and increasing medical benefits were rejected.

Agreed change in weekly benefit rates

2011 rates

2012 rates

Old age pension



Widowed Parent's Allowance



Bereavement Allowance



Unemployment, Sickness, Industrial Injury And Maternity Allowance



Invalidity Benefit



Industrial Disablement Benefit



Supplementary Benefit

Short term (under 26 weeks)

Married couple



Single person



Long term

Married couple



Single person



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