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Project Specification – Economic, Social and Health-related recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

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Project Specification - Economic, Social and Health-related recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

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The rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly during 2020 and 2021, called for an extraordinary response from Government as it has sought to save lives and protect health and livelihoods in Jersey.  During 2020 and 2021 the primary focus of Government was on implementing emergency measures to protect Islanders.  Towards the later stages of 2021 the focus shifted to include recovery and, in particular, addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, on social issues and on health-related issues.  The total projected costs of the Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic between 2020 and 2026 is estimated as £363 million.



The Co-Funded Payroll Scheme (CFPS) was the Government’s primary response to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CFPS represented the biggest economic intervention made by Government in Jersey’s history.  At its peak, the CFPS supported more than 15,000 jobs and 3,500 businesses at a monthly cost of £21 million.  One of the key objectives of the CFPS was to support a robust economic recovery with the aim of enabling nominal Gross Value Added (GVA) in each of Jersey’s sectors to return to pre-crisis (2019) levels by 2022 at the latest.

Other economic recovery schemes were also put in place to support businesses.  These included the Fixed Costs Support Scheme, the Business Disruption Loan Guarantee Scheme and sector-specific schemes.

On 18 November 2020, the States agreed to establish a £50 million Fiscal Stimulus Fund to support economic recovery.  The Fund was intended to provide targeted, temporary funding for projects at no more than £5 million per project.  It was expected that the projects would be completed by December 2021.  The Fiscal Stimulus Fund was reduced to £29,641,000 in an amendment to the Government Plan 2022-25.


COVID-19 Health and Social Recovery plans were developed in recognition of the wider health and wellbeing impacts of the pandemic.  A Political Oversight Group was convened to select projects for 2022 and 2023.

Projects identified for support include:

  • early years support for 0-5 year olds and their families whose normal development has been negatively affected by the pandemic
  • Children and Young People’s Education, Health and Wellbeing projects aimed at working to ensure children who have been impacted by changes in learning do not fall behind
  • children’s dental health: access for children who had dental care delayed while these services were closed
  • targeted adult learning for those most impacted by isolation, disconnection and employment disruption; and
  • access to appropriate treatment, community services and self-help support for those with Long COVID.


In early 2021 the Health and Community Services department (HCS) produced a recovery plan for all services materially affected by COVID-19 disruption.  All HCS services were reviewed and those that had been particularly impacted by COVID-19 outlined their plans to return to pre-COVID business as usual positions.


The review will evaluate:

  • whether clear and measurable objectives were set out for schemes and funds established to achieve economic, social and health-related recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • whether appropriate controls were put in place to implement the schemes and funds in an effective way
  • how the Government managed and monitored the delivery of the schemes and funds; and
  • whether the schemes and funds have achieved their stated aims.

The review will build on previous C&AG reports relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In particular the review will include a follow up on the recommendations made in the following C&AG reports:

  • The COVID-19 Related Emergency Support Scheme (June 2021)
  • Government support to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic – Co-Funded Payroll Scheme (November 2021); and
  • Government support to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic – other schemes (November 2021).

The objectives and/or scope of the review may be amended in the course of the review in the light of emerging findings or other matters arising.


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