GP Opinion

Smashing the silos is the next step

WHILE millions in annual cash savings achieved through the financial transformation programme are good to have, it will ultimately prove far more important whether the process has changed the States. If, as Policy Council says, it has transformed the way in which government views its finances and ‘embedded an improved culture of cost consciousness across the public service’ then the £5.5m. paid to consultants will have been tremendous value for money.

HSSD makes the case for change

A CONSISTENT message is coming out of Health and Social Services under its new regime – things need to change. Spending pressures continue, whether it is dealing with short-term crises such as the midwifery service, the day-to-day operations, or looking to the future where people will live longer but fewer will be working to help pay for their needs.

Doctor’s best interests lie in full inquiry

WITHOUT knowing the details of the police investigation into an Alderney doctor and four deaths linked to his practice it is impossible to be conclusive about any observations. It may be weeks or longer before islanders in both Alderney and Guernsey know quite how serious the allegations are and how well founded or otherwise they will prove.

The mixed messages of the march

BROADENING the public sector pension march to include islanders who do not want to work until they are 70 seems at first a canny move by union leaders. It may dilute the message to deputies about the anger felt within the public sector about the Care pension deal but it will certainly swell the numbers.

Why telco tax fell at the first fence

IT is important to know when you’re ‘losing something’, according to our Commerce & Employment minister. Yet surely it would have been far better to back the right horse from the start?

GST is not dead - it’s just resting

AS A statement of the bleedin’ obvious, news that GST cannot be ruled out for this States, let alone future parliaments, should win some sort of prize.

Vulnerable elderly need protection

THERE can be few offences as despicable as a carer taking advantage of an aged person’s dementia to steal from them. To do so once is unforgivable, to do so twice is unbelievable.

Busy States must use its time well

BY THE end of this week there is every chance that deputies will have spent seven full days debating the personal tax and benefits review.

An urgent need for safety change

AS THE new road layout along The Quay beds in, there is another project on Environment’s to do list which is arguably more pressing.

How many people is enough?

UNDER the heading ‘Admitting our impotence’ former deputy Peter Roffey confessed in 2007 that while his minority report called for the population to be capped at about 60,000 he had no faith in its success.

New e-census puts an end to the guessing

IT IS hard to overstate the importance of knowing where the island’s population is and where it is heading. The personal taxation, pensions and benefits report makes it clear that population had a ‘significant bearing’ on its proposals and assumptions about the island’s future prosperity.

Mortgage payers yet to find a voice

WHAT a difference a few years makes. Late in 2012, suggestions that mortgage interest tax relief should be phased out brought howls of protest from homeowners and Facebook protest groups were set up to oppose any cuts.

Tax package is out for the count

LIKE a boxer on the ropes, the personal tax review rumbled on yesterday taking heavy punishment from a series of well-aimed blows.

Challenging waters lie ahead

TODAY marks the launch of a new era in Guernsey’s maritime travel as Condor’s shiny new flagship trimaran starts serving the Channel Islands and the UK.

2016 election threatens HSSD stability

STABILITY, the second of the Health minister’s priorities, has been in short supply in recent years. Four chief executives in as many years have been held to account by a revolving door of ministers and board members.

Transparent government is an education

TRANSPARENT government is not always a comfortable ride. It is easy, for example, to see why some deputies were reluctant to release the independent review of the La Mare de Carteret rebuild.

Costs of tax move hidden in the stats

A WELCOME light has been shone on the Personal tax, pensions and benefits review on the eve of a debate that could set in motion a series of changes that will affect everyone.

Stakes are high as court battle looms

ANYONE doubting how far apart the Policy Council and its employees are on pensions and how high are the stakes need not read every word of the 150-page report.

Tax cap will always fit too tightly

A PROPOSED cap on the amount of money that the States can take from islanders is one of the cornerstones of the personal tax review, yet has attracted little comment.

Town traffic a road to chaos

IF EVER Environment wanted a sneak preview of how its trial traffic plan for Town’s seafront might go spectacularly wrong, then Saturday’s gridlock at North Beach surely provided a ringside seat.

Time for dispensing efficiency

IT’S hard to miss the excruciating tone of discomfort permeating Social Security’s recent statement, admitting that tens of thousands of pounds-worth of free prescriptions could have been given out wrongly.