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We had 420 more people working in financial services in 2015, 320 more in construction, building new offices and homes and 560 more in private sector health and educational services, providing care and related services.


It proposed changes in personal tax, impôts increases and higher stamp duty for high value properties and it highlighted a number of reviews of various aspects of our tax system. The information we gather will help us decide how to fund the growing cost of health and social care into the future.


Jersey knows the value of a healthy business sector and we will continue to maintain a tax structure which encourages investment, growth and creates significant job opportunities, particularly for our young people.


Managing a successful future will require strategic direction and investment over many years, so the Council of Ministers is introducing a new approach to long term planning that reflects international advice and well established practice. The key elements of this new approach are to focus on outcomes that Islanders can identify with, such as living longer, healthier lives or getting good jobs. These outcomes would remain in place for the long term rather than for a single election cycle, and each successive government would decide which outcomes are their priority and how they plan to achieve them.


tment over many


would increase by two-thirds. More than one in four Islanders would be a pensioner.


The approach would also use a number of indicators which demonstrate whether or not we are succeeding in our aims, with a focus on the impact our policies are making on people's lives rather than on how essential services are delivered. We see this long term planning as an opportunity for government to work together with the private, voluntary and community sectors to tackle the biggest challenges facing our Island, like the growing demands on health services from an ageing population.


The focal point of this new approach will be a long term Island Vision that describes what we, as a community, believe Jersey can achieve over the next 20 years and defines the level of change required. That means understanding where we are now, what we value most about Jersey today and agreeing our shared aspirations for the future.


Our vision is to make Jersey an even better place to live in the years ahead. In a world in which many of the changes we will face are unpredictable, one is already certain: if we are to achieve our ambitions, we must adapt to the unprecedented and permanent demographic shift that is gathering pace in our community – the ageing of our population as a generation of 20th century Baby Boomers start hitting retirement age.


If inward and outward migration balanced between now and 2035, Jersey’s population would grow by less than 3% due to natural growth but the number of Islanders aged over 65


Increasing life expectancy means that the proportion of older people would grow even faster. By 2035, nearly one in 12 Islanders would be aged 80 or more. The number of working- age residents would decline by nearly 7,000 as the pace at which older Islanders retired outgrew the supply of younger people starting work. This is a global phenomenon on an unprecedented scale, with countries across the world at different stages of the process and with different paces of change. Failure to adapt carries significant implications in terms of health care, pensions, social isolation and exclusion.


The societies that succeed will realise the benefits for individuals and families and reap socio-economic dividends. The way Jersey manages the start of this transition will largely be played out over the course of this plan. Its custodians will have a once in a generation opportunity to establish the beginnings of systemic change and innovation.


We want to create ways for people to help one another so that older people can live well and remain active participants in society for longer. We will encourage health behaviours and peer support to improve health outcomes and enable all of us to age better. We will create new employment options that enable people to work purposefully and enjoyably in the second half of life. We will enable older people to live where they want through new housing models which combine high quality accommodation with friendships and support.


A wide-ranging survey that gathered views from more than 4,000 islanders painted a positive view of Jersey today, with 80% of the outcomes scoring positively overall. More than half of respondents held positive views for 18 outcomes, compared to just one outcome where an overall majority of people held a negative view. Community safety, health care,


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