[Guernsey] U-turn on publishing details of businesses claiming payroll co-funding

[Guernsey] U-turn on publishing details of businesses claiming payroll co-funding
12 Feb 2021

The States of Guernsey has insisted it will not publish the names or details of businesses claiming financial support as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ITV News reports.

The news follows officials previously stating they would publish details for the sake of transparency. Concern had been voiced by some companies that such a move could put companies off applying for help.

The Policy & Resources Committee says it will, however, "retain the right to publish summarised and anonymised information on this significant expenditure of public funds put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Treasury lead on the Policy & Resources Committee said there has been "confusion" about the requirements. Deputy Mark Helyar said the Committee "has no intention of publishing details of individual claims, nor has it ever stated that this was the intention of reserving these rights."

“Tens of millions of pounds of public money are currently being paid out in business support. It is vitally important that these funds go to claimants who need them and that the public, in due course, understand where the money has gone. As with all these issues, if people have concerns we would always encourage them to contact us for clarification.” Mr Helyar said.

Source: ITV News

The States of Guernsey has insisted it will not publish the names or details of businesses claiming financial support as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ITV News reports.

The news follows officials previously stating they would publish details for the sake of transparency. Concern had been voiced by some companies that such a move could put companies off applying for help.

The Policy & Resources Committee says it will, however, "retain the right to publish summarised and anonymised information on this significant expenditure of public funds put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Treasury lead on the Policy & Resources Committee said there has been "confusion" about the requirements. Deputy Mark Helyar said the Committee "has no intention of publishing details of individual claims, nor has it ever stated that this was the intention of reserving these rights."

“Tens of millions of pounds of public money are currently being paid out in business support. It is vitally important that these funds go to claimants who need them and that the public, in due course, understand where the money has gone. As with all these issues, if people have concerns we would always encourage them to contact us for clarification.” Mr Helyar said.

Source: ITV News

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