Tag "States"

Pensions crisis is easily solved

I READ with great interest, and equally great relief, Peter Roffey’s excellent piece on the debacle commonly known as the States Superannuation Scheme. I was so pleased someone else could see the real problem.

Tax money should not be given away for free

I AM prompted to write this as I have just received a little brochure from the States regarding the personal tax, pensions and benefits review, which just reiterates the problems that are well known about the island’s finances and smells very st...

Two islands’ needs must be balanced

TO HIS credit, the chief executive of Aurigny faced a potentially hostile audience in Alderney without flinching. Understandably, the people of the northernmost Channel Island take air links very seriously. It is a lifeline service in the truest sense and any suggestion of a reduced timetable or fare hikes is a threat to the economy and lifestyle of residents.

States, cut costs first

THE report released by the CGI, the Chamber of Commerce and Giba points to the problems with respect to introducing GST and notes that ‘there has been an increase in States pay between 2006 and now of £40m. – which would wipe out the deficit’.

Could we save with the States?

MANY congratulations to whosoever it is who is achieving a 7. 4% return on our States money. One assumes this is invested safely. This emphasises the importance of putting a stop to spending our reserves in order to make up revenue shortfall.

We could get a dictator as PM

I PERSONALLY believe it is every citizen’s responsibility to cast their vote; but when talking to people about this am frequently told, ‘well why should we? They do what they want to anyway and take no notice of what we say’. I must admit to having some sympathy with the statement.

If it isn’t broke...

I’VE BEEN following very closely the various articles and correspondence in the Guernsey Press relating to the changes and proposals our politicians are putting forward concerning the constitution of the States of Deliberation and taxation.

Ensuring an equal case for all

IT’S temping to mock news that deputies may soon receive ‘diversity’ training offering tips on how to deal with people from a range of backgrounds.

Does anyone want to go to this party?

DULL and disappointing though it must have been, in a strange way the lack of interest in the recent three-hour drop-in was an endorsement of the States Review Committee’s position.

Reforms would avoid 'land-grab' mentality

Charles Parkinson (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1240421)

PROPOSED States reforms are a ‘recipe for anarchy’ by removing departments from the most senior government committee, former Treasury minister Charles Parkinson has warned.

Kept in the dark over jail death deal

FOLLOWING the death of a 64-year-old civil servant at Les Nicolles – in prison for six weeks for a drink-drive offence – a disturbing series of omissions and failures over his care were disclosed. These came in a Prisons and Probation Ombudsman report and in comments by the judge at the subsequent Guernsey inquest hearing.