St Helena’s Budget – in figures

New higher rate of 31% tax on all income over £25,000 from 1 April 2015. Basic income tax rate rises by 1% to 26%, from 1 April. Personal tax allowance stays at £7,000. Companies’ income tax paid remains at 25%. Tobacco: 5% increase in duty (about 16p extra on a packet of 20 – total […]

Drinks tax does little for Dr Corinda Pepper…

St Helena’s councillors are sharing the pain when it comes to tax on alcohol. “Everyone enjoys a good beer or a glass or wine and I declare my interest,” the Hon Brian Isaac told LegCo. “Saints are known to enjoy socialising. If we put such commodities out of the range of Saints they will turn […]

DFID sets aside £19.4 million – including child abuse cash

The UK’s Department for International Development is giving St Helena £1.2m of new money for safeguarding of children and adults. The announcement came as a team from the UK neared the end of two weeks on the island, investigating alleged failures to deal with widespread child abuse. The safeguarding money will be used for training, and raising awareness in […]

St Helena shows UK the way with fizzy drinks tax

St Helena appears to be showing Britain the way to tackle obesity, by introducing a sugar tax. A levy on high-sugar drinks was announced in the island’s budget in the very month that England’s chief medical officer warned that the British government might have to consider such a measure. But Dame Sally Davies said she […]

Jobs for island contractors after years of under-spending

Island businesses are being asked to help with a backlog of “challenging” work to improve infrastructure on St Helena – such as roads and buildings. It follows a rebuke in early 2012 by aid advisers over delays in spending several million pounds that was meant to be used for vital work. Executive councillors have accepted […]