Jersey States members expenses to rise in 2012

Politicians in Jersey will get their expenses increased by nearly 10% next year.

The amount all States members are able to spend on work expenses is set to go from £3,650 to £4,000.

Deputy Shona Pitman tried to cancel that rise in the States on Thursday, but was supported by only five other members.

She argued that ministers should not have an unfair advantage over backbenchers.

Deputy Pitman said in the States: "The result is that I believe there is a probability that the overall sum set aside for members expenses could be more appropriately allocated.

"Furthermore that the cost to taxpayers may even be reduced."

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