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Fewer prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines


Patients will no longer receive prescriptions, for minor conditions, if the medication is readily available over-the-counter (OTC) in pharmacies or supermarkets.

Instead, from 29 January 2024, they will be advised…

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Government moves to protect vulnerable from gas disconnection


The Council of Ministers has put in place legislation to protect vulnerable people from gas disconnection over the winter period. 

The Gas Regulation (Prevention of Disconnections) Order 2024 provides that…

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One-off housing payment available to some retired police officers


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An administrative issue has been identified which resulted in the uplift to this allowance not being applied between 1 April 1992 and 1 September 1994. 

The Department has agreed…

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Minimum Wage Committee to undertake further assessment into impact of potential rate increase


The Minimum Wage Committee (‘the Committee’), an independent committee constituted of employer and worker representatives, commenced their review into the rates of minimum wage in the Isle of Man in…

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Class 2 NI payments to continue for 2024-25


People who pay Class 2 National Insurance contributions are reminded that they should continue to pay this way for the forthcoming tax year, 6 April 2024 to 5 April 2025.…

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Public sector rents to rise by 7.5%


Public sector rents on the Isle of Man will rise by 7.5%, with effect from Monday 1 April 2024.

The decision to increase the rental levy has been reached by…

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Bereavement benefits to be extended to co-habiting partners with children


Bereavement payments may soon be extended to people who were not married or in a civil partnership but who lived together and had dependent children.

If approved by Members at…

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Legislation to provide safeguards against gas disconnection supported by Branches of Tynwald


The Gas Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2023 passed through both the House of Keys and the Legislative Council in a single day, on 19 December.  

The Bill makes a key change…

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More than 1,000 free theatre tickets offered to families thanks to Arts Council initiative


Hundreds of families have experienced live performances at the Gaiety Theatre this year as part of a ticketing initiative to boost community engagement with the arts.   

More than 1,000 tickets…

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Help available to those struggling with energy bills


Gas customers facing disconnection or financial challenges are being advised to contact the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading’s free and confidential debt counselling service.   

If disconnected or at…

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An amnesty on equipment!


We are asking members of the community to return any equipment they are no longer using, so that it can be assessed and reused if possible.

There are over 20,000…

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Treasury Minister responds to UK Autumn Statement


Treasury Minister Dr Alex Allinson MHK today reiterated his pledge, made earlier this month, to mirror the UK Government’s approach to the pensions triple lock.

The announcement follows the delivery…

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Pause in gas disconnections agreed following constructive talks


Isle of Man Energy has agreed to a short pause in gas disconnections for domestic customers who are in debt and struggling to pay their bills.

It follows constructive talks…

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12 tips to avoid a debt hangover this Christmas


As we approach the festive season, it's natural to have the best intentions. However, it’s easy to get carried away, and find yourself dealing with a debt ‘hangover’ that can…

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'Get Winter Ready' Campaign launches to prepare for cold months ahead


With days shortening and temperatures dropping, the recently launched 'Get Winter Ready' campaign strongly encourages Island residents to prepare for the upcoming winter months.

The campaign aims to prevent avoidable…

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Triple lock pensions pledge and targeted winter support package


The Isle of Man Government’s policy of mirroring the UK Government’s approach to the pensions triple lock will continue to be supported in next year’s Budget.

Treasury Minister Dr Alex…

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Help for Households website signposts community support this winter


As winter approaches, steps are being taken to signpost individuals, families, and businesses to support available to deal with the costs of living during the colder months.

Minister for the…

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Manx Care invites public to vote for their Health and Care Professional of the Year


The Care Awards are back for their second year and Manx Care is inviting members of the public to nominate their Health and Care Professional of the Year.

Aston International’s…

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Get hands-on with free CPR demonstrations in the heart of Douglas


Could you be the difference between a life lost and a life saved? Come and see the Restart a Heart Team on 14 October 2023, and learn the skills that…

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Charities Workshops announced by the Attorney General’s Chambers


Workshops for local charities and trusts will run throughout November, to gather feedback on the impact of changes in charity legislation since 2020.

Hosted by the Attorney General’s Chambers to…

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Applications open for Manx charities to register for the International Development Small Grants programme


Applications are now open for the International Development Small Grants, aimed at supporting Isle of Man registered charities in their efforts to make a positive impact through international development.


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Deadline for submitting personal income tax returns is just over one week away


There is now just over one week to go until the 6 October 2023 deadline for the submission of personal income tax returns.

Submitting online is the preferred method for…

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Government Conference to provide platform for discussion on challenges and opportunities facing our Island


The second Isle of Man Government Conference will be held this week, providing the opportunity to engage, share ideas and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our Island.

The free…

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Changes to passport fees coming in October


The cost of an Isle of Man Variant British Passport will increase from 20 October 2023.

The changes will apply to all new applications, renewals and replacement passports.

Passport holders…

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Thousands receive free energy-saving upgrades


More than 2,000 homes have now installed free energy-saving upgrades as part of the Isle of Man Government’s Energy Efficiency Scheme (EES).

The EES launched in January to help people…

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Island police officers to receive one off pay award


All Island Police Officers will receive a one-off payment of £3000 to respond to recruitment and retention issues while long-term pay solutions are explored.

The retention payment will be awarded…

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Pensions and benefits can now be paid into accounts weekly


State pensions and all benefits types can now be paid directly into people’s bank accounts weekly. 

Until now the facility has only been available for payments made on a monthly…

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New law to protect children from vapes a step closer


The Vaping Products Bill 2023, aimed at introducing stricter regulations on the sale and promotion of vaping products, has successfully completed its passage through the House of Keys. 

The bill…

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Government commitment to family friendly policies


Following a report by the Tynwald Select Committee on Population Rebalancing, Government has indicated backing for a further range of financial packages aimed at making it easier to raise a…

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Chief Minister to attend summit on affordable housing


The Chief Minister Alfred Cannan MHK will today (Thursday 15 June 2023) fly to Jersey to attend the 39th summit of the British-Irish Council (BIC) in Jersey which will formally…

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Restoration and recovery project update


An update on phase two of Manx Care’s ‘Restoration and Recovery’ (R&R) programme to reduce waiting times for some hospital procedures, will be laid before May Tynwald by the Department…

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Spring COVID-19 booster campaign to begin on Island


The Covid-19 Spring booster campaign recently advised by the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will commence on Island on Monday 17 April 2023 and close on 30…

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Northern Wellbeing Partnership drop-in from April


A Wellbeing Partnership drop-in service will be starting in the North next month.

The Northern Wellbeing Partnership is establishing a weekly drop-in service for those with queries around wellbeing or…

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Individuals encouraged to apply for additional targeted support


Pensioners who do not receive a state pension or other qualifying benefits from the Isle of Man Government and veterans in receipt of a War Pensions Mobility Supplement are reminded…

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Additional £5.6m targeted support as living costs remain high


More than 19,000 people are set to benefit next month from targeted support totalling £5.6m aimed at protecting the vulnerable from the rising cost of living.

A second round…

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£8 million in free materials to help households reduce energy bills and emissions


An £8 million scheme to help eligible households reduce their energy usage and lower their heating bills has been approved by Tynwald.

For those meeting the eligibility criteria, the…

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Community encouraged to keep well and warm


With cold weather currently affecting the Island, the public are being encouraged to keep well and warm.

Cold temperatures can affect the body’s ability to fight off illnesses, with older…

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Applications reopened for Manx Home Energy Audits through the Green Living Grant Scheme


Applications for Manx Home Energy Audits, offered as part of the Green Living Grant Scheme, have reopened following changes to the Scheme approved by Tynwald at the November sitting. The…

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Warm Spaces: Children can swim for free after school at the NSC this winter


Children will be allowed to swim for free after school at National Sports Centre this winter to help families with the cost of living. 

The five-month scheme will get underway…

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£5.7m winter support payments to help the most vulnerable


People at higher risk of fuel and food price rises this winter will receive the first of two further financial assistance payments from the Isle of Man Government totalling £5.7m…

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Tynwald approves cost of living support package


Tynwald yesterday voted unanimously to approve the cost of living support package presented by Treasury Minister Dr Alex Allinson MHK.

The package will ensure that all residents benefit from some…

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Government launches Community Warm Spaces Fund


Government has launched a ‘£100,000 Community Warm Spaces Fund’ as part of the package of support measures aimed to help the Island’s community with the rising costs of living.


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