Jersey government spent £25m more than income in 2014

Senator Alan Maclean
Image caption Senator Alan Maclean said he was optimistic the deficit would be tackled

Government departments spent £25m more than was received from general revenue last year, according to the States of Jersey accounts for 2014.

The income from taxation and other sources grew by £8m to £649m while spending rose by £38m to £674m.

The deficit is expected to rise to £125m by 2019 with one solution suggesting job and service cuts.

Senator Alan Maclean, Treasury Minister, said despite the deficit the accounts were in pretty good shape.

General Revenue Income

  • Personal Income Tax £353m
  • Companies Tax £83m
  • Goods and Services Tax £80m
  • Imports Duty £54m
  • Stamp Duty £26m
  • Island Rate £12m
  • Fines and other income £40m

Departmental Revenue Expenditure

  • Health and Social Services £197m
  • Social Security £179m
  • Education, Sport and Culture £114m
  • Home Affairs £34m
  • Other ministerial departments £108m
  • Other departments and States Assembly £42m

"The balance sheet is strong, we have seen our investments grow in value and it now stands at £5.6bn, that's all the assets we have," said Senator McLean.

"That is a very satisfactory position and we have seen our investments actively managed and outperform the market."

Of the deficit he added: "Although income has continued to rise, it is rising at a lower rate than was previously the case.

"Meanwhile expenditure has continued to rise and we need to make investment in key areas like education and health.

"To pay for that, we have to cut back in other areas that aren't a priority, more so than we have already done."

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