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Craig Bougourd

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Craig Bougourd
  • Parish St Peter Port
  • Experience New Candidate
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Personal Statement

I’m a locally born islander and have lived in Guernsey my whole life. Presently I do not feel the island is what it once was. Therefore I have decided to stand in an attempt to change our island’s future, for the benefit of our community. Life experiences have taught me hardships and I present myself as a people’s deputy, who represents the vulnerable members of society who are vastly under-represented.

I am:

  • Committed & Determined
  • Passionate & Energetic
  • Open Minded & Approachable
  • Prepared to Listen & Learn
  • Ability to make fact based decisions

Manifesto

Care for Elderly People

I oppose the elderly having to sell their houses to help cover the cost of moving into a care home or extra care properties, assets should continue to be safeguarded. I also feel that the states pension should be raised.

Mental Health

I feel that our mental health service are underfunded, under resourced and over complicated. Many members of our society feel let down by this service and we need to improve it for better community wellbeing.

Child Care System

I feel it would be beneficial to create a new residential care home with transition flats giving young people the ability to have independence and the ability to learn life skills.

Income Tax

I believe in increasing the personal allowance, as well as introducing a tiered tax system. Our allowance is less, then other crown dependencies and we need to assist lower income earners.

Sole Traders / Self Employed

A more supportive social security system for self-employed. Creating a pay as you go system using the Returns Creator (ETI) platform. This system would also benefit from understanding the financial position of an individual to determine if they qualify for income support.

Housing - Ownership & Partial Ownership

The high cost of housing has made it hard for first-time buyers to get onto the housing ladder. I would like to look at initiatives such as assisting first-time buyers with deposits by a States backed loan scheme and community Self Build Projects.

Unemployment

For too many people moving from benefits into work simply doesn’t pay. Secondly, the back to work provision has been inadequate for a long time and has underperformed and failed to break the cycle of long term dependency. This needs to be addressed.

Minimum Wage

The current minimum wage set out is less than the UK, although cost of living is 35% higher. This needs to be reviewed and increased to a minimum living wage.

Nurses Pay

Healthcare staff are the backbone of our society the States need to commit to ending this dispute and engage in negotiations with staff so they are paid what they so richly deserve.

Create & Revive Industries

Re-establish a States Works construction division providing work & training opportunities, revitalise the growing industry to provide locally grown fruit & vegetables. Export of dairy produce to stimulate growth in the farming industry.

White Van Man

Permit System upon application they will have to provide qualification and some indemnity for the work they are carrying out. This needs to be regulated to ensure that contractors are not undercutting local tradesmen through not paying income tax or social security.

Education

I will vote in favour of what the community & teachers need and would like. I would like to see a greater higher education provision on the island, this would hopefully encourage more of our young people to remain in Guernsey, contributing to the economy and rebalancing the ageing demographic of the workforce. The overdue redevelopment of the College of FE following the merger with the GTA and IHSC forming The Guernsey Institute should be a priority.

Apprentices & Higher Education

Increase the minimum starting wage for apprentices to encourage people to take these opportunities in all sectors, the States should raise the grant subsidy for the 2 year period to assist the employer in preparing that individual for qualifications. This should be extended to Higher Education and means assessed to ensure that it is affordable and available to those who need it.

Tourism

The point of a break away is to immerse yourself in relaxation. For families, children are often the main consideration when planning a holiday. One problem airlines encounter is the fluctuating popularity of destinations – whether it be based on season or a destination has just fallen out of favour. We lack vital infrastructure when considering a family vacation.

Reciprocal Health Care

The lack of a reciprocal health agreement with the UK is deterring visitors. Other Crown Dependencies signed Agreements. However Guernsey did not sign an agreement. This has been of concern too many islanders, particularly the lower paid & those who are retired.

Recreation & Entertainment

I would like to see the States spend some money on recreation. Some ideas to consider would be: A heated Indoor Water park - Traditional Arcade - Trampoline Park - Adventure Park - Indoor Skate Park - Dedicated Bike / Trail parks in different areas of the island, giving attractive things to do.

Renewable Energy

Being self-sufficient in energy is our first step to providing subsidy free energy. Renewable energy systems are rapidly becoming more efficient and cheaper, as of 2019, more than two-thirds of worldwide installed electricity capacity was renewable.

Bankruptcy / Regulated lending

I do not feel the current bankruptcy and unregulated lending is serving our community. It’s almost impossible, except by using an ancient 1932 law, to make yourself properly bankrupt, to wipe the slate clean. I would like to see regulated lending through GFSC to protect vulnerable members of society.

Answers to questions proposed by the public:

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 would like to see the implementation of a national occupation code (NOC) system, similar to the Canadian system, this was needed prior to the unemployment caused by covid-19.

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

Renewable energy need to be explored to reduce our carbon footprint. This is also our first step to providing subsidy free energy.

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?

If elected i was elected by the whole island so it would be my duty to serve the whole island in respect of issues

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

Yes - This is a concern of mine removing habitat for native species of wildlife has caused a large decline in numbers, I feel in some areas of wildlife particularly birds, conservation measures should be implemented promptly.

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 will seize self-employment and focus all of my time into being a peoples deputy, to achieve the best results I believe in being proactive with services and the community to see how changes we make are making a positive impact.

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

Climate change is a massive problem We should reduce our consumption of fossil fuels as quickly as possible, and also focus on being self sufficient with fruit and vegetables.

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?

I don't feel extending the runway has any benefit to the island currently. We need to get tourism moving again, first by investing in attractions which should encourage tourist here, but will also benefit our community and see what happens. With covid-19 still running world wide we need to be cautious before spending on the runway.

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?

I believe in increasing the personal tax allowance, as well as introducing a tiered tax system. We really need to be looking at ways to assist lower to middle income earners.

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 believe the same - I would like to see more recreation. Some ideas to consider would be: A heated Indoor Water park - Traditional Arcade - Trampoline Park - Adventure Park - Indoor Skate Park - Dedicated Bike / Trail parks, giving attractive things to do.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Yes, providing they offer a more efficient and more cost effective service.

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

I believe in introducing more conservation areas (no go areas) to assist in replenishing numbers in decreasing species of plants and wildlife.

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 feel this project has been stalled too, further assess economic viability and disruption to marine life and possibly seek other alternatives.

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

Yes i would agree.

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?

Yes, I would fully support retaining this piece of history, which is also providing a much needed sea defense mechanism along this area of the coastline.

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?

I personally feel we have wasted to much money on this already going backwards and forwards, deputies need to come to a decision amongst themselves and move forward with the correct model, if this requires more spending then i would encourage it, but only if the agreed school model is decided on prior to further investment so it is not wasted being rejected again by other politicians.

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 absolutely this needs to be reviewed sooner rather than later.

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 would support some programmes of privatisation moving forward but not all, the last thing Guernsey people want or need is to be held over a barrel more in terms of utility bills which privatising could lead to.

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?

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?

Unfortunately irresponsible dog owners have ruined this for the majority of those who are responsible, i feel this should be a mandatory requirement but this should be a cost effective provision I don't feel it is right to penalise responsible owners, however we do need some mechanism in place to catch offenders.

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?

My 4 year goals - would be to improve the mental health and childcare service's and introduce as many new cost effective recreation ideas as possible to giving families attractive things to do summer and winter.

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.

I would like to think I'm open minded and approachable with good mediation skills and would work well with like minded people in getting ideas off the ground. I'd say one of my biggest assets is being a big thinker who would seek sustainable, innovative solutions quite easily.

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

yes I would.

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?

In some instances, yes could relax planning laws on heritage buildings, however, we must not loose character of these buildings, in respect of medieval structures, I feel as much of the original fabric and features should be retained. However, where the original fabric has deteriorated beyond repair and use this could be replaced by a like for like fabric.

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

Yes, I feel our current laws cause more harm to our community than do good.

Question for New Candidates: During the COVID-19 lockdown States Meetings were held virtually. On 24th of June Meetings resumed in the Royal Court Chamber. As a prospective States Member have you spent any time at all in the public gallery observing our Parliament (potentially your future workplace) in action? If not, why not?

During this time I have logged into some of the meetings to further understand the inner workings of the states of deliberation.

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 Should be declassified & decriminalised and be available on-island for a wide set of illnesses, from multiple sclerosis, cancer. Nausea, PTSD, insomnia, mental health & wellbeing. There is also the potential to capitalise on the growing cannabis industry, which would in effect create jobs, boost tourism and create a new tax revenue. I personally favour a system similar to the Canadian system.

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?

The high cost of housing has made it hard for first-time buyers to get onto the housing ladder. I would like to look at initiatives such as assisting first-time buyers with deposits by a State backed loan scheme and community Self Build Projects. Mortgage relief has been a topic of the states in recent times as an equality issue against people renting privately, would it not make sense to offer rent relief to solve this issue.

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, I do, we should implement these to the list of prescription drugs urgently.

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?

However, yes, I feel we need to invest in new tourist attractions prior to encourage people here first before spending on this infrastructure.

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?

Yes, I would be willing to make the effort to strengthen our ties to other commonwealth countries.

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?

I completely agree, yes, I would like to see the introduction of a tiered tax system.

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

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

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

Yes - I would like to make sure we retain the best people for the best value for money, this should be carried out over a 5-10 year period.

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?

Yes, it should, I don't understand why we have propped up Aurigny, then subsidised other airlines to go into competition with it causing a conflict of interest.

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

No, they should be self sufficient.

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

I don't feel this is a good move as it will hurt lower to middle earners in the pocket.

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 support this motion.

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.

I feel these are about right considering the high cost of living on the island.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

Religious faiths will not interfere with the way I vote.

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 feel we should invest in attractions to entice people here first, prior to investing in the runway extension.

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 do support developing end of life care to reduce pain and suffering. I would also support assisted dying, but only in extreme circumstances where an individual's pain a suffering is causing them extreme distress and there is no other means to assist there pain and suffering.

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 represent a significant change in how technical education is taught and studied in England. I feel any option's offering a better education provision on island is worth consideration.

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?

I feel the island should start by putting all of its manual work forward to local contractors first. I would support new business by having a pay as you go system (not based on estimated earnings) through Returns Creator (The ETI return). This system would also benefit from understanding the financial position of an individual to determine if they qualify for income support. I would also support a reduced enrolment fee at the Gregg so all new...

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?

Mental health is a massive problem on island, we have some amazing psychiatrists & nurses who do a wonderful job however process is usually what stops this service being effective, I feel most of the staff within the service know where change is needed and we should trust their word, alternatively we need put this out to consultants who have helped form the NHS services which are effective. This issue needs to be prioritised as a matter of urgency.

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.

I feel these issues should be bought to public meeting / surgeries so deputies have a good understanding of islanders views, opinions, and information.

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

"I feel the abortion law is fine as it is, I do not believe in abortion unless severe abnormalities are detected which would give the child no quality of life whatsoever. I believe abortion is a mothers choice in cases of sexual assault. These would all be known facts under the current law. "

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

Get it done its been going on for to long now parents, children and teachers just want it sorted, the big builders need the work its time to get this sorted - I support the 3 school & 1 sixth form model.

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?

I'm of the opinion our harbour is our lifeline in terms of import of food and fuel and we should concentrate on the essential repairs and development that affect this area of harbour operations... I believe securing access to our beaches and cliff paths are important and this does take priority over the redevelopment of the east coast. We need to fix what is broken before moving forward. I would also like to separate paths introduced around the coastline for cyclist to also enjoy which would eliminate any danger to walkers using coastal paths.

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'm of the same opinion - "If it's not broken why try and to fix it"

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