Food costs (Offset of average GST) Bonus scheme
Words you may need to know
Bonus – something extra and of benefit. Here, extra money
GST - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax on sales of goods and services in Jersey
Income support benefit - a payment of money made by the Social Security Department to a to a person on a low income who meets certain conditions (see 9.3.0)
Typifies – to be representative of something; a good example of something
What is the Food Costs Bonus Scheme?
The Food Costs Bonus is an annual payment to help households that are just above the Income Support level with the cost of GST on food. The bonus is set at a rate which typifies the average effect that the introduction of GST would have had on their food costs.
The Scheme is run by the Social Security Department and information about it can be found on the Social Security Department’s website:
Who can claim
A household can claim the Foods Cost Bonus. The word ‘Household’ means the same as it does for someone who is applying for Income Support.
A household can be any of the following:
- a person living alone
- a couple (married or unmarried)
- a family living together at the same address with children under school leaving age or still in full time education or job-seeking
Please see the website for the conditions that a household must satisfy before they can receive the Food Costs Bonus.
When to apply for the Bonus
Applications can be made to the Social Security Department in October each year. Only one Food Costs Bonus may be claimed per household in a year.
Further information is available from the Social Security Department:
Social Security Department, Philip Le Feuvre House, La Motte Street, St Helier.
Telephone: 01534 445505
Fax: 01534 445525
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm