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1 Community Meeting Presentation Port Erin, 23 rd October 2012

2 OUR FINANCES

3 Local Economy  Latest Growth 3%-5% in real terms.  Unemployment relatively low 2.3%.  Inflation falling. (RPI) 2.8%.  Slight fall in level of Banking Deposits (down 3% in year to Jun 2012).  Low Interest rates leading to lower investment income. Banking profits are recovering.

4 Medium Term Strategy  Rebalance budgets by  Use £92 million of Reserves, with a  £55m deficit in  Government spending rose by just 1% this year.  Staffing costs have reduced, and 170 posts lost in last year. 266 staff lost since April  Have had to make a number of difficult decisions. The second VAT renegotiation created a new shortfall of £75 million. In response we will

5 Revised Medium Term Plan Medium Term Rebalancing Changes against budget £ million Capital transfers Spending reductions Taxation/charges26 Reserves/surplus Total

6 Benefit Changes  £12m budgeted increase on benefits  Retirement Pension increased by 5.2%.  Income Support, Employed Persons Allowance and Job Seekers allowance 2.5%  Child benefit reduced to UK levels for second and subsequent children (approx £7 per week per child), with offsets for low income families. Will be means tested from  Nursing Care contribution increased by £40 per week to £100.

7 Taxation and Charges  10% and 20% rates unchanged.  Personal Allowances unchanged.  Allowances and reliefs capped at 10% rate.  Alimony relief withdrawn.  Personal Allowance Credit reduced to £500 per person, from £700 due to potential disincentive.  Rise in Tax cap to £120,000 per person.  New NI Rebate Scheme for additional employees, has resulted in 250 new full time jobs.

8 Half Year update  Income tax is stronger, anticipating £3m more this year, and £5m more next year, mainly corporate tax receipts, but indirect tax lower.  Three year financial plans in course of agreement with all Departments.  Council working on detailed implications of plans, to understand social and economic impact.  Will deliver £31m deficit in , in line with original plan.

9 Summary  Large deficit but plan to remove it.  Have held spending down.  Need to tackle big issues Benefits, Housing.  Have protected spending in Health services, Social Security and Capital Programme.  Have avoided further tax rate rises.  Are currently planning in detail for rest of this administration.

10 Any Questions?


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