Guernsey's budget for 2019 is out, with the usual "revenue raising measures", some gifts from the government for first time buyers, married couples and the wider community, and very few surprises other than that.
The island remains in the black with a "modest surplus" of £1million confirmed, which Deputy Gavin St Pier said should make us all proud.
"The key thing is that it's a balanced budget, and recognising that it's the second balanced budget in a row, after fully providing for capital spending, after complying with all our fiscal rules, after delivering against the medium term financial plan, to deliver a balanced budget after eight years of structural deficit, to deliver a balanced budget in an environment where virtually every other jurisdiction in the world runs a deficit, is a significant achievement and one of which Guernsey should be proud," he said.
Pictured: Some of the figures released as part of the 2019 Budget.
The Policy & Resources President said that's been achieved through years of financial discipline and planning, but that doesn't mean the budget for 2019 comes laden with financial gifts.
"Financial discipline and planning: both are absolutely essential for a government and whilst unlikely to capture popular imagination, neither can be taken for granted. Let’s not pretend it has been easy. Imposing both on government has been met with both resistance and scepticism. But now we can reap the rewards and be proud that our public finances have stabilised and improved whilst other jurisdictions continue to struggle. That stability is vital as it allows the States to deliver the vital services on which we all rely."
The P&R President said his budget comes with "a number of positive measures aimed at easing the burden on islanders, replenishing the island’s reserves and community investment."
Pictured: Some of the measures in the 2019 budget include those above and below:
Deputy St Pier said some of the measures introduced "will directly benefit our community and residents."
Pictured above: How some of the funds will be distributed under the 2019 Budget.
A number of different revenue raising methods, indirect taxes and regulations have been changed within the 2019 Budget. Express will be exploring them over the coming days, starting with a focus on fuel, coming later today.
Pictured top: Deputy Gavin St Pier has presented his latest budget for Guernsey.