Guernsey Press

Group looking into States’ cost savings delays report

A group of deputies working on ideas to reduce States’ costs by up to £16m. a year has delayed its recommendations until the end of the year.

Deputy Sasha Kazantseva-Miller is on Policy & Resources’ sub-committee working on ideas to reduce States’ costs by up to £16m. a year. (Picture By Peter Frankland, 33227604)

The Policy & Resources’ sub-committee said yesterday that it had more work to do before it could present its findings.

It carried out a public survey last summer, as well as asking for ideas from States officials and other politicians.

‘The sub-committee had said previously it hoped to make recommendations to P&R early this year.

‘But in light of the volume of responses and the need to coordinate with other existing reviews, we think that’s now unrealistic, and would not achieve the best and most coordinated outcome,’ said sub-committee member Sasha Kazantseva-Miller.

She said that reporting by the end of the year was still within a deadline set by the States Assembly and was ‘more reasonable and realistic’.

The sub-committee said that feedback from other committees had revealed that many of the best ideas for reducing costs overlapped with existing reviews which were already in progress or due to happen soon.

Deputy Kazantseva-Miller said the next step was to work closely with committees to see which ideas should be taken forward.