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Andrea Dudley-Owen

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Personal Statement

Current Vice President of Economic Development Committee. Previous Forest Douzenier. Finance professional, created local charity and 2 successful businesses. My husband and I have 3 children and a large local family. We are an active, outdoor family. Love cooking, reading and learning about global events. Brought up in Guernsey and Asia. Educated: Blanchelande; Howell’s Denbigh; King Alfred’s Winchester; Sugiyama, Japan. Degree in Japanese Language/Culture.

  • Successful Requete: “Pause & Review” on 1 school 2 sites.
  • Successful Amendment: Cautious approach to borrowing £500m.
  • Amendment: Reduction of proposed 6 month Abortion period to 4 months.
  • Successful Amendment: Tree & Woodland Strategy.
  • Successful Amendment (2nd): Climate Action Plan 2019. Approved 2020.

Manifesto

Long term goals:

  • Excellent education, giving children highest necessary skills.
  • Resilient, diverse, stable economy, delivering full local employment.
  • Affordable housing, accessible to local families and first time buyers.
  • Tax system fair to lower and medium income earners.
  • Government expenditure tightly controlled, placing emphasis on community responsibility with accessible health facilities.
  • Responsible approach to reducing pollutants, plastics, moving to clean energy to lower carbon footprint.

Please give me your Vote. I have shown myself as a competent, capable representative for Guernsey. I listen and lead on important community issues. My thanks to Connie Helyar-Wilkinson, Proposer and Peter Gillson, Seconder.

Responsibilities:

  1. Chair of Digital Guernsey: Digital Strategy progressing skills, career pathways for our youngsters.
  2. Chair of Skills: Skills Strategy, progressing 10 skills and training actions.
  3. Retail Policy: supporting retailers with newly formed Guernsey Retail Group.
  4. Co-Chair Finance Sector Forum.
  5. Former: Blanchelande Governor, GTA Director, Start-Up Director.

Personal qualities:

  • Active, effective contributor in government, preparing well for all debates, Committee Meetings and electorate work.
  • Committed, confident, balanced, collaborative approach working with others.
  • Enquiring mind, seeking full understanding of different opinions to inform my views.
  • Accountability, openness, truthfulness are important values to me.
  • Pragmatism, foresight, my experience in Government are relevant and needed.

My views: Our future success depends on getting our Education and our Economy right. Decisions made will determine how well we navigate a rapidly changing work environment and uncertain global economy.

Education: “Pause & Review” report estimated completion in 2021. Our decisions will lay the foundations for our economic recovery and prosperity. Our community clearly favours a 3 school model with separate 6th form. I firmly believe the optimum outcome is a Guernsey-centred model, supported by teachers and community. We must make best use of our existing education estate.

Education plays a significant role in the health of our economy. Success is delivered by the community; parents, teachers, business and the States. I believe in:

  1. supporting parents in crisis, by States working closer with family-centred charities, gives their children the best chance to succeed;
  2. spending on continuous professional development, including for Special Education Needs, must increase for teaching and support staff to enable continued delivery of high quality education;
  3. strengthened relationships with businesses for workplace development, helping young people become valuable contributors;
  4. digital skills, diverse vocational training, academic study, contribute to a successful workforce and healthier, satisfied community.

Economy: Our economy is based on diverse businesses. Resilience and stability are achieved by creating a good trading environment for business growth and job creation. I believe in:

  1. supporting business, encouraging digitisation and providing our own skilled workers;
  2. removing unnecessary bureaucracy, eg Medicinal Cannabis licence process;
  3. a flexible approach to transport, securing Heathrow airlink, strengthening French sealinks.
  4. supporting Green Finance sector growth;
  5. embracing opportunities from Tourism and Marine environment;
  6. encouraging sustainable and environmental business practice;
  7. fibre connections for superfast digital connectivity.
  8. making retail/hospitality accessible to all islanders, after all #WeAllMatterEh!

Fiscal & Tax: Balancing a competitive tax regime for business, fair for all islanders, providing enough revenue to fund public services is challenging. I favour:

  1. reducing Government size, over introduction of GST;
  2. cautious approach to debt, with payback/spend plans for public scrutiny prior to further borrowing approval;
  3. small increase in tax cap for higher earners, over increase in taxes for lower/medium income earners.

Environment: It is essential that States’ decisions align with a healthier, better protected natural environment. I support:

  1. bold, innovative plans to move towards cleaner, more sustainable energy sources;
  2. actively reducing plastics and pollutants;
  3. reviewing the overall traffic impact of new housing developments in the north.

Health: Healthcare is also about mental and social well-being as well as treating disease or physical illness. I support:

  1. public health education in nutrition, physical activity and mental health care;
  2. better access to help and care for sufferers of addiction;
  3. health care workers and provision of a balanced health care system: prevention and cure with individual responsibility.

Social Security & Housing: The well-being of islanders is affected by affordability of life in Guernsey. I support:

  1. the self-employed, contributions must be fair;
  2. GHA shared ownership/rental scheme, releasing appropriate States land for housing;
  3. reviewing TRP to reduce costs for elderly, low/middle income earners.

Summary of my CV: 2016 - 2020 People’s Deputy for the West, 2012 - 2018 Forest Parish Douzenier, 2008 - 2019 founder & co-owner FWS Ltd, 2009 - 2014 co-founder IslandMums Ltd, 2005 - 2007 Investec Trust Guernsey, 2002 - 2004 Mercator Trust Company, 2000 - 2002 Breams Trustees Ltd, 1998 - 2000 Guernsey Training Agency, 1995 - 1997 Berlitz, Tokyo, 1994 - 1995 Richard Lewis, Winchester.

Qualifications/CPD: 2020 Institute of Directors Certificate in Company Direction, 2019 Institute of Directors Board Readiness Certificate, 2019 Digital Leadership, 2002 - 2004 STEP Diploma, 2000 - 2002 HNC Business Administration, 1995 TEFLA, 1995 BA Hons Japanese Language & Studies, 1994 Intermediate Japanese, 1990 - 1994 A & AS Levels.

Answers to questions proposed by the public:

Most of the detailed work of the States is done in committees, like the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure. What experience do you have of being on a committee and how did you contribute?

I have sat on 2 main Committees during the term both as a Vice President: Economic Development & Education Sport & Culture. I have also Chaired and been a member/Director of a number of sub-Committees and Boards. I understand my role to support and stand in for the President, to chair meetings working through the agenda and ensuring that the meetings are properly convened, that members contribute effectively and that decisions are made properly, in addition that action is noted and status of such is reported upon in a timely manner. The work of the Committees is to progress mandated responsibilities and also to devise policy and carry it out.

With unemployment currently running at an all time high, what measures would you like in place to ensure local people are offered jobs before license holders ?

I support the re-introduction of the need to provide succession training in-house. The current Population Management law provides for the current permit system introduced 3 years ago and run by an independent Panel called the Population Employment Advisory Panel. Job roles which are difficult to fill locally are fed by business to the industry representatives and added to a list, which then identifies what skills we need to import into the island. Making sure we have sufficiently skilled people on island in the future will be very important as our economy, which is likely to shrink as a result of a global recession caused by the pandemic, as well as how we move to a changing job environment, where inevitably traditional job roles will be changing and some disappearing and replaced by new ones.

What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?

A reduction in car usage starting at source through such means as encouraging flexible working and remote working, enabling retail units to set up out of town. Practical measures which allow people to make easy transport choices which fit in with their lives. To move swiftly to more cleaner energy sources and autonomy. Our reliance on the power station as our backup is relying on dirty technology. We need to be more open-minded about enabling householders and organisations to generate their own power and structure our regulation and energy tariffs accordingly to make this fair for all consumers.

I live in St Peter Port but have interests in the Vale, St Peters and Castel. Will you be looking at Island Wide issues or more so in your Parish of residence?

I am currently a Western Parish Deputy and my ethos this term has been that as well as the interests of my own districts, I have sought to look after the interests of the whole community no matter which Parish they live in. I will continue with this, if I am re-elected.

Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?

Yes, too many domestic curtilage applications have been approved this term and we are losing valuable land and natural habit to manicured gardening.

You will make many commitments as a politician, but how will you actually ensure these are achieved? If you have been a deputy before, what will you do differently this term to improve achievements?

I have achieved much this term, delivering the Digital Strategy, the Skills Action plan, supporting the set up of the Retail Group. I led on the Pause & Review Requete which had the backing of thousands of islands: teachers, community members and students alike. I also led an Amendment which slowed the recent borrowing ambitions of P & R in the sum of £500m and achieved a phased approach and a return to the States for approval with spend and pay back plans which will take the form of the Revive & Thrive action plans. I commit to continue scrutinising and constructively challenging our use of taxpayers money and to ensure that my decisions made are fully informed in the next term.

What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?

Guernsey has a substantial role to play in global climate change via our Green Finance ambitions. We are able to make a positive impact on projects which seek to mitigate climate change and reverse environmental degradation. I am fully supportive of this and on-island I want to see far bolder initiatives and closer working together with local charities and specialists to ensure that our natural environment is protected and safeguarded now and in the future.

What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?

I will be supporting an individual who is capable of bringing the States of Deliberation together. They must be focused on Guernsey-centered policies and work openly to support all Committees of the States without favour. Person-management skills are essential and the ability to listen meaningfully and take action where necessary - we require a servant leader in this next States who has empathy and integrity. Command and control politics are divisive.

If the independent Cost Benefit Analysis supports lengthening the airport runway, would you vote in favour of investing in this key element of island infrastructure?

The Cost Benefit analysis must include the environmental impact as one of it's baseline assessments. The future of the airline industry and our accommodation sector due to the pandemic is uncertain. I would not vote in favour of this investment due to the lack of certainty and baseline appraisal.

Do you believe that diversification of the island's tax base is an important consideration for Guernsey in today's volatile and fast-moving global economy? If so, how can this specifically be achieved for Guernsey?

Yes it is. A Fiscal Review is currently being undertaken and is due to report by June 2021. It is important that this review looks creatively at tax options which will have to achieve a fine balance of being progressive and fair, as well as enabling us to retain our competitive edge in business and generates sufficient revenues to provide public services.

What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?

There is currently no statutory requirement for business to pay Maternity Leave. There is a Maternity Grant payable by the States to pregnant women resident in Guernsey and registered with Social Security. Employers are legally obliged to state terms on Maternity Leave and pay so that the employee is fully aware before beginning employment what to expect if they fall pregnant and continue employment. Small companies can find employment costs difficult to afford including the cost of Maternity Leave.

I believe Guernsey needs a vision; a forward-thinking concept for the future of the island’s infrastructure, community wellbeing and economy. What’s yours?

I want to make Guernsey a place which attracts and retains its young people, rated amongst the mostly high skilled of workforces globally, an exemplar in environmental responsibility and to retain and enhance our strong community and cultural values.

Do you agree that people should be encouraged to use cars less and if so what measures would you like to see introduced to achieve this?

Yes, I do. Cars are expensive to run and maintain. People's enjoyment of active travel has increased and their desire to use their cars has lessened. Pragmatic policies must continue to be implemented which take into account the multiple reasons for car usage, such as flexible and remote working to ensure that workers are not all using the roads to reduce peak times and enable choice of transport, reserved dedicated small bus service for commuting and making better use of the taxi licensing system.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Yes, though not all services. We need to make better use of the Charities sector.

What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?

This needs to be built into our education of young people and into business practice. There needs to be a greater emphasis and understanding of the impact that we are having with our consumer choices in other areas of the world. Transparency in supply chain and awareness of this is essential.

Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?

De-growth is an interesting term: I think that population growth and expanding economy has in the post War years has had a profound and negative effect on world consumption.

What intra island transport strategy would you support to ensure safe and ‘clean’ travel on island for all road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists? And how do you plan to deliver that plan financially?

This question requires a much fuller answer than I can deliver here. I support the use of clean technology and mass transit where possible and appropriate. Continued encouragement of cycling and walking as options are essential. Funding needs to be from the budget available and working with relevant 3rd sector organisations.

What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?

Cars are expensive to run and maintain. People's enjoyment of active travel has increased and their desire to use their cars has lessened. Pragmatic policies must continue to be implemented which take into account the multiple reasons for car usage, such as flexible and remote working to ensure that workers are not all using the roads to reduce peak times and enable choice of transport, reserved dedicated small bus service for commuting and making better use of the taxi licensing system.

What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?

Supporting the Strategy for Nature and data collection, seeking to ensure that we are working well with local nature focussed Charities and making the best use of off-island contacts in the field of research.

The Guernsey Press had an article and a picture of a proposed East Coast development called HYDROPORT. It seemed to me to be a brilliant plan and included a new deep water harbour, a hydro electric supply by enclosing Belgrave bay and changes to St Peter port harbour to accommodate cruise liners and super yachts. It would provide jobs, produce an ongoing and substantial revenue stream and make us to some extent self-reliant on electricity, why has there been no update on this project?

I am sorry I cannot provide any comment on that as I have not been party to any discussions on the matter.

Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?

Yes.

Longue Hougue has been proposed as a site for inert waste disposal despite it being a site of international importance in terms of wildlife. La Societe Guernesiase and other scientists have advised against this. What will you do to ensure that this valuable habitat is protected?

I have supported the protection of this site and will continue to do so.

Most scientists and experts agree that a target of 2050 to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions is nowhere near ambitious enough and will have catastrophic consequences around the world. What will you do to ensure that Guernsey takes action to significantly reduce carbon emissions during the next term?

This is a similar question to another I have answered so have copied that here: A reduction in car usage starting at source through such means as encouraging flexible working and remote working, enabling retail units to set up out of town. Practical measures which allow people to make easy transport choices which fit in with their lives. To move swiftly to more clean energy sources and autonomy. Our reliance on the power station as our backup is relying on dirty technology. We need to be more open-minded about enabling householders and organisations to generate their own power and structure our regulation and energy tariffs accordingly to make this fair for all consumers.

What is your view on current spending on Aurigny, is it worth how much we are paying? Is it run efficiently? Did we need new aircraft?

Aurigny provides an essential service to our island. I voted against the new aircraft because I think that the airline is operating beyond its capacity. There needs to be greater transparency of the management accounts for the States to understand better how the Airline is run, where efficiencies can be made and more appropriate shareholder operating requirements in line with our transport needs.

If elected, would you fully support the retention, repair and ongoing maintenance of the Sea Defences provided by the anti-tank wall at L’Ancresse Bay?

I supported the original Inder Requete which sought to retain the wall and was a signatory to the Brouard Requete which was brought when the works initially agreed by a majority did not materialise.

A significant proportion of the concerns about the two college model of secondary education related to the capital costs and space standards: they could have been addressed with higher spending. Would you be prepared to spend more money on the future model of secondary education than previously agreed by the States in September 2019? If so, how much more?

This is not accurate. The primary concerns were around educational outcomes, overcrowding and impact on surrounding infrastructure. Yes we always need to prove value for money, but Education is not an area to scrimp and save money, we have to invest in training and CPD to support our education staff to provide additional pastoral and SEN support if we are to secure the educational outcomes we aspire to.

With the general increase in costs of running the island and with various capital projects requiring funding; and with limitations on the amount that islanders can be taxed; do you think that it may be time to revisit the 0-10 tax scheme that created a big black hole in the island's finances?

Yes I do. The success of the Zero-10 regime was predicated on economic growth which did not materialise.

If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?

This is an important piece of legislation and during this term has I understand been subject to competing priorities.

Did you know that same-sex families aren't treated equally when it comes to registering the birth of a child? What will you do to change that?

Yes and this was a matter raised in recent Discrimination debate. It has been addressed by Amendment.

Would you support a programme of privatisation of island utilities and other facilities such as Beau Sejour to help reduce record levels of borrowing resulting from the cost of Covid defences?

I think that we have to be very careful on a small island regarding the privatisation of any of our utilities. We can be held to ransom and I would highlight recent difficulties experienced in our sister island of Sark as an example. The lottery funding was intended to assist with the support of Beau Sejour and this is an essential social and health centred community facility.

Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?

I agree and yes I would.

What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?

A large amount of dogs have entered the island in the last decade. I don't think that this is a priority but would support a reduction of importation.

I have one question for sitting Deputies and one for new candidates. Deputies:- what, in your mind, was your greatest political achievement in the last four years? New candidates:- What is your biggest political goal in the next four years?

As a sitting Deputy I think that my greatest achievement was ensure that teacher and community concerns were heard and acted upon by the States in relation to the 1s2s model. In addition to ensure that we have sufficient controls and oversight regarding the long term borrowing proposals so that future generations were not left indebted for insubstantial reasons.

How good are your mediation and conciliation skills? The key to the islands well-being and progress is in working together to achieve the projects approved - to see sustainable, innovative solutions. Leadership in pulling the team together to move forward, rather than in circles.

If being a mediator and conciliator means being unbiased and objective with an ability to stay calm and balanced under pressure then I meet the criteria.

Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?

The Population Management Law removed local market licences. We now operate a Work Permit System.

First time buyers are encouraged to buy new build developments taking up green space, while there are vast amounts of listed properties facing dereliction on the island - buildings ripe for restoration, renovation and to be lived in. Currently, people are put off as they are greeted with stringent and outdated views by The Planning and Heritage Department - it takes too much time and money so are immediately put off. What will you do to change the process for the better?

New build developments should include low-rise apartments making better use of limited space and which are considerate of their aesthetic and environmental surroundings. Incentives could be put in place to encourage restoration of listed buildings the greatest of which would be a more pragmatic approach to the modernisation of heritage buildings.

Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?

I cannot at this stage state any support or otherwise until I have seen a report about how this will work in practice.

In 1945, the generosity of people outside Guernsey enabled the delivery of Red Cross parcels to the island on the SS Vega. What is your view on the statement that ‘charity begins at home but should not end there’? How can we best show our care for people in need in other parts of the world?

Impact investing in overseas projects which enable those in developing countries to thrive and make a good living.

Considering the mounting public pressure against the way our current justice system deals with cannabis offences, what is your stance on the legalisation and regulation of cannabis in Guernsey?

Medicinal cannabis is already legalised and regulated for growth and I support this. I cannot at this stage state any support or otherwise until I have seen a report about how it would work in practice.

In a review last year into drugs and treatments and States debate in January, HSC acknowledged that the disparity between life changing NICE TA drugs available in Guernsey compared to the NHS had become too great to be justified, with nearly 4000 patients now on sub-optimal treatments. The Guernsey Health Reserve was identified as the funding source. HSC announced last week a delay of at least a year to the implementation of this policy. How do you propose to tackle the pace at which change takes place within the States? Should you be held accountable for delivering on commitments you make individually, as a committee or collectively as the States?

This is a complex question to answer. I am disappointed at the delay and it is clear that there are far too many competing priorities this term. Next term there needs to be less and whilst the whole States needs to be accountable for decisions it makes, it is also essential that individuals and committees declare and acknowledge their ownership and accountability for ideas and policies where they have clearly been the architects.

What ideas do you have to ensure there is affordable housing including support for first time buyers and ensure affordable rental property is available for locals so they can continue to live here? What is your stance on mortgage tax relief and shared ownership initiatives?

Together with outgoing Deputy Le Clerc I have investigated the idea of a Guernsey ISA for the purpose of property purchase. Interest earned would be tax free and other incentives offered to make it attractive to house buyers.

Earlier this year, the States passed the introduction of life-saving and life-changing NICE-Approved drugs & medicines by a massive 32-1 vote; these drugs are readily available under the NHS and SHS in the UK. HSC have now announced that the implementation of this is now to be delayed by a year or so. Out of all projects the States have on their list - this has to be THE single most important one because it will affect up to 4,000+ residents of our island. How do you intend to bring forward the delay of this incredibly important topic to a much quicker implementation date?

I am disappointed at the delay and it is clear that there are far too many competing priorities this term. Next term there needs to be less and whilst the whole States needs to be accountable for decisions it makes, it is also essential that individuals and committees declare and acknowledge their ownership and accountability for ideas and policies where they have clearly been the architects.

What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?

The removal of baffles from small engined motorbikes is a source of much complaint. Community visits by the police to schools would help so that they can speak directly to the children to raise awareness and check exhausts.

In January 2020 the States passed a policy to make all NICE TA drugs and treatments available to Islanders. Do you see this as a priority and if so how would you expedite implementation?

Yes.

The recent Frontier report on the runway extension summed up that "the economic benefits of extending the runway are likely to outweigh the costs" with net benefits over 40 years of up to £687m (over £20k per household). Post COVID, do you support continued investigation into the potential for a runway extension to improve Guernsey's infrastructure, air links, and sustain the visitor economy?

The Cost Benefit analysis must include the environmental impact as one of it's baseline assessments. The future of the airline industry and our accommodation sector due to the pandemic is uncertain. I would not vote in favour of this investment due to the lack of certainty and baseline appraisal.

Have you been made aware that every report that the SOG has commissioned for 20 years has flagged the need to extend the runway to circa 1700m+ and the commercial benefits it will bring for the island as a whole?

This is inaccurate, neither review has flagged a need to extend the runway. The latest review has assumed commercial benefits but has not detailed the potential disadvantages.

Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?

Ties with Commonwealth countries exist, strengthened with engagement via the forum provided by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Guernsey is an active participant and I would support efforts to strengthen ties with all members countries, including those listed.

The current states assembly has approved proposals for a Discrimination Ordinance, but much work needs to be done. How committed are you to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, people with disabilities and people of faith are protected on this island?

I voted in favour of the Discrimination legislation proposals. There is no place for intolerance in our sophisticated and compassionate community.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Evidence, facts and figures, stakeholder opinion and consultation, together with personal values and experience.

In the last two years two pieces of legislation have come to the States which specifically target the most vulnerable members of our society - euthanasia and abortion - where a person’s fundamental and basic right to life is overridden in the name of lesser rights. Do you believe that disposing of a person’s life is a sign of progress? Do you believe that failing to protect human life at any age or stage of development is the mark of a civilised and enlightened and caring society?

I voted against the Assisted Dying proposals and the 2 propositions in the Modernisation of the Abortion Law which changed/removed gestational limits for abortion. I believe that these are hugely complex ethical areas and need thorough exploration and community engagement before we consider any debates to change the legal status of each.

It is beyond time to invest in our people, infrastructure and public services. Do you plan to make the island's tax system more fair and progressive, so that more businesses and the wealthy pay a fairer share?

Yes it is. A Fiscal Review is currently being undertaken and is due to report by June 2021. It is important that this review looks creatively at tax options which will have to achieve a fine balance of being progressive and fair, as well as enabling us to retain our competitive edge in business and generates sufficient revenues to provide public services.

In light of covid-19 and the hit that the tourist industry has taken what plans (if any) would you try to put in place to make Guernsey more attractive to tourists after travel bans are lifted? And do you feel tourism should play a more crucial role in Guernsey? If not, why?

Yes I feel that Tourism should play a greater role in the economy. We have unique opportunities here related to our history: Victor Hugo and the Occupation as well as an amazing marine environment for eco tourism. We offer a safe haven and should be seeking to attract high visitors.

Please list in order of importance: - driving Guernsey’s economy - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - sort out the schools - focus on air and sea links - extend the runway - implement revive and thrive as a priority - open our closed borders as a priority - reduce states expenditure

Education, Economy, Environment are my priorities in the next term.

List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.

Pause & Review of the 1s2s model has been beneficial because it was clear the project was unfeasible and would negatively affect education in Guernsey. I have slowed the proposed long term borrowing of £250m so that we know what we want to spend the money on and how we will pay it back if approved in the future. I have delivered a Digital Strategy and plan the aims of which are success for young people and businesses.

Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?

I support a reduction in the cost of States administration generally. We have some brilliant individuals who contribute a great deal to the civil service. Every organisation has personnel who are not as effective. I brought an Amendment to ensure that we are effectively managing Performance of staff. Digitisation of certain roles will inevitably reduce head count, but we must be careful not to shed valuable staff.

As we subsidise the airline, should Aurigny have a monopoly over all air routes to and from the Bailiwick, with a regulator to ensure fair pricing and a policy of not for profit?

I support the current quasi-open skies policy that we are operating.

What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?

States trading entities are not true commercial organisations because their assets have been "gifted" rather than purchased. This creates an unequal playing field. Customers are in the main tax payers and it can be viewed that the profit making element of particularly GE can be deemed as an extra tax.

Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?

Our Air and Sea links are vital. I agree that targeted financial support is required to maintain these, though it MUST provide value for money and prove it's worth.

What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?

We should be starting from the basis of care in the family and community based responsibility with nursing care assistance in the home. The current system is unsustainable and requires a new way of doing things.

What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?

I do not support a GST.

Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?

Yes I would and I supported the application for listing on the L'Ancress Anti-Tank Wall.

What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?

Investment in Green Finance. support for entrepreneurial endeavours for small and scale up businesses, continued investment in Digital Guernsey and appropriate skills to support adaptation for business, investment in our nurses and teachers and providing stronger on-island training, contribution rates for the self employed need to be reviewed and greater promotion of Guernsey as a destination for younger, budding innovators, especially in new tech disciplines such as renewables, medical or finance.

Do you believe that the rates of income support are a) too low b) about right or c) too high? Explain your answer in some detail.

This is very complex question and I would not attempt answer this because it is not an area that I have sufficient technical information about. Income support is determined by need and the complexities of need are not easily resolved.

How will you support and encourage young people coming to the island with regards to housing and licencing to ensure the island has more stable tax base as the population ages?

We now operate a Work Permit scheme and this identifies the skills need on island. I support greater efforts being applied to highlighting careers opportunities on island. I support a review of the current TRP regime to enable lower income earners to enter the housing market.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

My decisions are made based on evidence, feasibility, need and in the case of ethical matters my values. I have respect for faith and a strong knowledge of different faiths worldwide.

Have you read the recommendations contained in the Frontier Economics Report in which they state that the long term benefits of extending the runway far outweigh the environmental and capital costs? If so, are you in favour of extending the runway?

I have read the Frontier Report and been privileged to receive a presentation from the authors of the same. I have responded to a similar question and copy the response here: The Cost Benefit analysis must include the environmental impact as one of it's baseline assessments. The future of the airline industry and our accommodation sector due to the pandemic is uncertain. I would not vote in favour of this investment due to the lack of certainty and baseline appraisal.

What are your views on the cost of Primary Healthcare locally and what innovative ideas do you have that don’t simply involve ‘redirecting funding from a different states pot’ to create fair, equitable and affordable access to Primary Care for all islanders?

I think that costs of Primary Health Care are unaffordable for many. I would like to see closer working and an expansion of the Chest & Heart Clinic which could be funded not only by islanders generosity, but also from a CSR/ESG contribution from GP surgeries and a grant from the States. The benefit of an increase in the islanders use of such a facility is as a free health check, anonymised data for policy development and a sign post for GPs for more serious conditions.

Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?

Yes, I voted to enhance the palliative care in Guernsey. We must work closer with Les Bourgs Hospice and provide them with support.

Education - Do you know what T levels are and if you do, would you be enthusiastically demanding that they are available here in Guernsey?

T Levels are a new qualification pathway designed in the UK offering vocational training in higher education. It has been reported that T Levels will be problematic to deliver as envisaged due to the commitment that business has to make to providing 3 months work experience for students. Only a limited number of pathways have been finalised and it remains to be seen how successful the T'Levels will be in practice. I think that we can make a difference in Guernsey and a similar offering with an enhanced Apprenticeship, building on what we do and making that available across more sectors.

What will you do to help Guernsey businesses revive and thrive and make Guernsey a 'smarter' and technologically advanced place to do business, and to encourage new start up businesses?

First thing is ensuring that we offer ubiquitous cover of superfast broadband so that we can innovate amongst peers. We need to continue to support in partnership with industry, entrepreneurial endeavours for small and scale up businesses, continued investment in Digital Guernsey and digital skills to support adaptation for business digitisation, providing stronger on-island training, contribution rates for the self employed need to be reviewed and greater promotion of Guernsey as a destination for younger, budding innovators, especially in new tech disciplines such as renewables, medical or finance.

There is a lack of mental health support available - particularly to those who seem to fall into the apparent gap between the secondary and primary mental health services. What will you do to address this?

I am aware that there are gaps in provision and this technical question is outside of my scope of knowledge. It is clear though that more needs to be done, but probably away from the medicalised care and with more with emphasis on dealing with the triggers mental health issues.

How would you as a deputy ensure emotive proposals such as, change to abortion law or assisted dying law would be publicly debated? And allow Islanders to have more of a say in these emotive issues.

The States has a poor history of consulting with the public. I want to ensure we improve our communication, by holding more public meetings and proper workshops where people are empowered to have their say to shape policy. The Douzaines, the Church and community groups can play a vital role here in facilitating engagement and communicating with different parts of the community.

What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?

I challenged the Health Committee that they had not carried out sufficient consultation to hear islanders views on this subject. There was no public meeting, the policy letter was released during a time when people were distracted by the emergency of the pandemic and lockdown and the Committee allowed a mere 2 weeks at the end of the lock down period to hear islanders views. It was too little too late. I supported the Stephens Sursis Motive.

How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?

The review will possibly prove to be too narrow in scope due to the actions of the current Committee after the Pause & Review Requete. It is imperative that the review is conducted in an open minded, collaborative and inclusive way. If not it risks challenge. I favour a model which the teachers have helped to shape, which delivers the best educational outcomes and provides a Guernsey centred solution and makes the best use of the existing educational estate and carries wide public support.

Recognising the importance of our natural environment and our hospitality industry how would you propose to move forward essential repairs and any development at St Peter Port harbour, securing access to our beaches (e.g. Petit Port, Divette, Soldiers bay), the maintenance of our cliff paths and the important access from the bathing places to the Clarence battery? Does this essential maintenance take priority over the development of the East Coast/Town seafront?

The Environment & Infrastructure Committee would need to prioritise the work and apply for relevant funding. Yes I think that this should take priority over unclear visions about the development of the East Coast/ Town seafront.

What are your views about the proposed way forward with regard to Probate, recognising that the age-old system has been efficient, pastoral, and inexpensive? Are you of the view "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

I am of the view that the current system is the best way to manage Probate and that there are changes that can be made to the system to ensure that funds are used to directly benefit islanders.

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