Nick Mann


Time for the States to get to grips with housing

When it comes to the housing issue it seems as if the government hasn’t yet figured out its approach – but it’s time that it did, writes Nick Mann. If the States really wants to ensure that young people remain in the island it needs to make sure that they can afford somewhere to live and put down roots

Has Environment earned the right to play?


With the Environment Department’s revised version of its plans for the controversial vehicle emissions tax and the rejection of the free bus service and paid-for parking clocks, Nick Mann says that even the department itself seems to be taking a half-hearted approach to its proposals – so it should not be too surprised that there are already plans for a public protest...

Union civile full of good intent, but wrong answer


After a decade of investigating a way of recognising same-sex relationships, union civile has emerged as the Policy Councils’ preferred option. But Nick Mann believes the States has fallen well short by trying to impose a new regime on everyone, rather than making the current one achieve its goal...

Single-party government could lead to rapid change

General Election 2015 aftermath - May 8th

While last week’s Conservative victory in the UK elections has been seen by some local pundits as being good for the island, there are ramifications from the UK having a single party in power. There has been talk of replacing the Human Rights Act and, perhaps more importantly, the chance that the country could hold a referendum and vote to leave the EU...

As delays creep in Mont Cuet fills


PSD’S most recent stance that treating food waste on-island is not value for money, one that had been absolutely vital and integral to the waste strategy, raises questions as to how the department will now proceed, says Nick Mann

Transformation savings a tale of lost opportunities


With the focus now on further cultural change in the States and with few savings made in the first years of the Financial Transformation Programme, the question of what options have been lost along the way – and why – rears its head

All aboard for a new tax and benefits destination


In the wake of amendments to the Treasury and Social Security departments’ long-debated Personal tax, pensions and benefits review, the island is now heading in a very different direction to that planned. The ruling-out of GST has had a major impact on this but even though it may return at some point, at least Treasury won’t be heading down a money-wasting dead-end

Eco tax ‘rescue’ a timely one


With debate on the Personal tax, pensions and benefits review now on hold until 8 April, it’s time to reflect on the myriad changes that were made last week. Foremost among these was the introduction of the idea of new environmental taxes to fill in for the rejected GST. The amendment came at an opportune moment, says Nick Mann

Exposing the ‘devil in the detail’ of benefits review

cost of housing

As the States prepares to tackle the Personal Tax, Pensions and Benefits Review, evidence has begun to emerge that it is not a balanced package and will leave a lot of families worse off, with nothing as yet in sight to counter its financial impact. Nick Mann argues that the plans do not seem fair as they stand and wonders whether the Assembly will be convinced to take a leap in the dark

A question of when, not if


BY THE end of this month, Jersey should have dealt with a question that refuses to go away – whether there should be an elected speaker to replace the Bailiff.

The right kind of scrutiny


TO SEE how far the States has to go on a culture of openness, you only have to examine the HSSD’s stance during last week’s no confidence debate.