Treasury,
Tax & Pensions

To make bringing up a family more affordable FIG provides a tax free Family Allowance.

Family Allowance is paid monthly for a children up to the age of 16 years (or until the child has completed secondary level education) to claimants with Falkland Islands Status or PRP.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FAMILY ALLOWANCE

To download a copy of the Family Allowance form please CLICK HERE

Alternatively please contact the Treasury on 28400.

If you cannot locate the relevant document on the downloads section, please contact us using the following Link

The Treasury administrates a number of different financial assistance schemes, all aimed at assisting those with lower income. A brief overview of the schemes can be seen below.

 

Family Allowance

Who Could Be Entitled: Parent or legal guardian of a child under 16 years old or still in education at FICS. Either the claimant (parent) or child must be a FI Status Holder. Child must have resided in the Islands for the previous 6 months (or since birth if under 6 months old).

Maximum Possible Payment: £75 per month.

Who To Contact: The Treasury on 28400.

 

Working credits

Who Could Be Entitled: 16 years old and over. Resident in FI for Tax purposes, 25 hours + worked per week in the household. No more than £17,925 savings. Household earnings not above tax threshold (£15,000).

Maximum Possible Payment: Up to £1,771 per year.

Who To Contact: The Treasury on 28400 or refer to the Treasury website link under Financial Assistance.

 

Childcare Credits 

Who Could Be Entitled: 16 or over. Resident in FI for tax purposes. 25 hours + worker per week in the household. No more than £17,925  savings. Household earnings not above tax threshold (£15,000). There must be a child aged 5 years old or younger residing in the property.

Maximum Possible Payment: Up to £1,789 per year for 1 child or £2,276 for 2 or more children.

Who To Contact: The Treasury on 28400 or refer to the Treasury website link under Financial Assistance.

 

Rent Rebate

Who Could Be Entitled: Only FIG and YMCA tenants are eligible, rent rebates are not available for those renting privately. You must be 18 years old or over. Household savings must not exceed £17,925 (this does not apply to sheltered housing tenants and their savings from sale of a previous property). Rent rebates are means tested, and the amount of the rebate will depend on your income.

Maximum Possible Payment: Up to 100% of your FIG rent.

Who To Contact:  The Treasury on 28400 or refer to the Treasury website link under Financial Assistance.

 

Service Charge Rebate

Who Could Be Entitled: Service charge rebates are available to both FIG and private sector tenants, as well as home owners. You must be 18 years old or over.  Household savings must not exceed 17,925 (this does not apply to sheltered housing tenants and their savings from sale of a previous property).  Service charge rebates are means tested.

Maximum Possible Payment: 100% of service charge.

Who To Contact: The Treasury on 28400 or refer to the Treasury website link under Financial Assistance.

 

Welfare Payments 

Who Could Be Entitled: Individuals unable to work due to sickness/disability/advanced pregnancy; Single parents with children under school age; People of pensionable age whose earnings are less than the state pension; Carers; Low income families with dependent children.

Maximum Possible Payment: Up to £154 per week for a  non-working person with one child, increasing for each subsequent child.

Who To Contact: Social Services on 27296.

 

Attendance Allowance

Who Could Be Entitled: Individuals with medical conditions which hinders them with day to day tasks. Payments may be made to the service user or their carer. Levels are dependent on disability e.g terminal patients would receive highest rate.

Maximum Possible Payment: Up to £101.20 per week

Who To Contact: Social Services on 27296.

 

Pension Contribution Credits 

Who Could Be Entitled: Individuals who earn less than £266.80 per week.

Maximum Possible Payment: Pension credits of up to £33.50 per week from Jan 2019.

Who To Contact: Pensions on 28416

 

Winter Fuel Allowance

Who Could Be Entitled: Retirement Pensioners or persons in receipt of levels B and C Attendance Allowance. Ineligible if previous years income exceeded £17,925. For earners between £16,800 and £17,925 allowance will be only a percentage of full payment. For earners of less than £16,800 the full £506 allowance will be paid, either in one lump sum or in 4 monthly instalments between June and September. For those in FIG sheltered accommodation the maximum allowance paid cannot exceed the FIG heating charge for that period.

Maximum Possible Payment: Up to £506.

Who To Contact: Pensions on 28416.

 

Employment Programme

Who Could Be Entitled: FI Status or PRP holders Individuals who have been unemployed (or earning less than £46.50 per week in part :me work) for 6 weeks or more. Payments are in return for participation in 20 hour per week work scheme.

Maximum Possible Payment: Up to £125.00 per week.

Who To Contact: The Training Centre on 27133.

WORKING CREDIT SCHEME

WHO IS THE SCHEME FOR

 

The Working Credit Scheme is designed to assist households who are in employment and earning below the tax threshold, with the purpose of encouraging individuals into the workplace.

 

The following eligibility criteria are applicable:

  • Persons must be aged 16 or over
  • Persons must be a resident of the Falkland Islands for tax purposes
  • At least 25 hours per week must be worked, either on an employed or self-employed basis per household applying
  • Household savings must not exceed £16,336
  • Household earnings must not be above the tax threshold

 

The Working Credit Scheme is reviewed each year, and all persons in receipt of working credits must re-apply in December to continue to receive benefit from January for the following year.

 

Individuals who miss the December deadline can still apply throughout the year, but the credit will only be back dated for one month prior to their application. For example if an individual applied in July, the credit can be backdated to June. 

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR WORKING CREDIT

 

To download a copy of the working and childcare credit form for 2019 please CLICK HERE

 

Alternatively, and for if you require assistance, please contact the Treasury on 28400.

  

 

CHILDCARE CREDIT SCHEME

WHO IS THE SCHEME FOR

 

The Childcare Credit Scheme is designed to assist households who are in employment and earning below the tax threshold, by providing a contribution towards childcare, with the purpose of encouraging individuals into the workplace. This scheme provides a contribution towards childcare for those children not yet in full time education i.e. under 5 years of age.

 

The following eligibility criteria are applicable:

 

  • Persons must be aged 16 or over
  • Persons must be a resident of the Falkland Islands for tax purposes
  • At least 25 hours per week must be worked, either on an employed or self-employed basis per household applying
  • Household savings must not exceed £16,336
  • There must be a child of 5 years of age or under residing in the property
  • Household earnings must not be above the tax threshold

 

The Childcare Credit Scheme is reviewed each year, and all persons in receipt of childcare credits must re-apply in December to continue to receive benefit from January for the following year. Individuals who miss the December deadline can still apply throughout the year, but the credit will only be back dated for one month prior to their application. For example if an individual applied in July, the credit can be backdated to June. 

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR CHILDCARE CREDIT

 

To download a copy of the working and childcare credit form for 2019 please CLICK HERE

 

Alternatively, and for if you require assistance, please contact the Treasury on 28400.

 

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU STILL REQUIRE FINANCIAL SUPPORT

An overview of the financial support offered by FIG is available here.

 

 

 

 

A Winter Fuel Allowance is payable on application in respect of households accommodating retirement pensioners and persons in receipt of level B or C Attendance allowance during the period from June – September annually.

 The payment of the full allowance will be made provided the total household income from all sources for the previous year does not exceed £16,800.00. For those whose annual income is between £16,800.00 - £17,260.00 the allowance will be reduced depending on income. If annual income is in excesses of £17,260.00 the household will not be eligible for the winter fuel allowance.

 The application form includes a declaration section authorising the Pensions Office to contact the Taxation Office to confirm the income received.

  

For those individuals who do not reside in sheltered accommodation the maximum annual allowance is £460.00. This allowance can be paid:

 ·     Either as a lump sum after the 30th September

 Or

 ·     By four monthly instalments paid at the beginning of each qualifying month.

 

For those who reside in Falkland Islands Government sheltered accommodation the maximum allowance which can be claimed is the total heating charge for the relevant property from June – September. This allowance can be paid:

 ·     By four monthly instalments refunded to the claimants SCB account at the beginning of each qualifying month

 Or

 ·     Or credited directly to the FIG heating invoice raised for the relevant property

 

Please note that the allowance will not be paid for any period retirement pensioners are not accommodated in the household during 1 June to 30 September. In instances of partial residence the allowance will be paid pro-rata.

 

Application forms are available from the Treasury.

 

Please return all signed applications to the Pensions Office, Treasury.