Tag "States"

Lukis House spaces are just a perk

AS A matter of principle, former Environment member Barry Paint will not be paying the £165 charge for parking at Lukis House. That is his right, as it is every States member’s.

‘No one works for just money’

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SALARY is not the be-all and end-all of a job, business groups have said, following a deputy’s call for a wholesale review into how much they get paid.

The need for a truly fair society

DECIDING on priorities for social policy will always be a challenge. News that legislation will be launched in Jersey from the start of next month outlawing racial discrimination in the workplace can’t help but highlight sharply the fact that no such measures are in place, or even being actively considered, over here.

States-owned telecoms would have struggled

I AM responding to the recent letter under the title, ‘It Sure is baffling’ (Guernsey Press, 7 August). It is another letter penned by Alec Forty, again referring to the sale of Guernsey Telecoms, the theme of many previous letters by this well respected former ‘business head’ and leading civil servant.

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.