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Personal Statement

My policy decisions are influenced by my experience of the challenges of making a home, balancing a teaching career and family, helping children and grandchildren achieve their ambitions, whilst caring for older relatives. I aim to use my vote in the Assembly responsibly, making good choices for the community, and using public money carefully. Politics is my full-time occupation and I work with constituents in a straightforward and approachable way.

  • I want to say thank you to all those constituents who have worked with me in the last eight years.
  • In the next four years it is important that we maintain Guernsey’s reputation in the wider world and support business.
  • ‘Improving Living standards’ is work I want to be involved in.
  • My intention is to increase the pace of government activity and work with others.

Manifesto

The Pandemic experience, and the Post-Brexit world brings public money and how it is spent into sharp focus. I am cautious and look for value for money, and these qualities are important in the Recovery phase when there is opportunity to revive through action and investment.

Now, more than ever, Guernsey needs to be responsive to opportunities to encourage economic growth and development whilst setting and managing realistic budgets for every area of action.

2020 has highlighted the importance of working together as a community. Government also needs to work together better. I am pleased to be a member of the Guernsey Partnership. Together, members share a commitment to make government more effective and so give better value for money. This organisation is not a ‘party’ like those in the UK and I will always retain my independence to vote for what I think is best for the Island.

As Guernsey Revives and Thrives, the areas of policy that most interest me are those affecting the lives of children, working families and older people.

Policy for children goes far beyond the debate about the number of school buildings and this question should be answered in the debate on the Pause and Review Report.

Policy for children draws together health and educational standards, recreational, cultural and sporting opportunity, youth justice and social care provision. It begins with antenatal care and progresses to post-19 education, training or employment. Important to me are the standards of education being provided and what changes the new Education Law and the review of The Children’s Law will offer us.

I want all our children to eat good food, to live in decent accommodation, to have fun and to learn, and to move into employment they enjoy. When it is necessary, I want services to intervene swiftly to ensure children are safe and their rights and viewpoints are protected.

I am closely interested in early childhood services, and the affordability of health care for children.

Our children also need equal opportunities in an environment that becomes cleaner rather than more polluted. This is easy to say and hard to deliver but I will support initiatives to progress these things.

I will continue to be a good Corporate Parent, support work to keep children safe and aim to provide happy, fulfilled childhoods through always considering their needs as a priority.

The review of taxes, and the levels of charges and benefits has at its heart the question of what is a good standard of living for Guernsey people. Families need employment, childcare opportunities and pre-school education, affordable housing and often ‘time out’ to take a breather. They must plan pension provision, caring for their own parents and saving for university and training costs for their children. Families need sustainable transport solutions, energy and food security, and a ‘safety net’ for family members when things go wrong.

To help all families thrive, government action must be reviewed to test its impact on our community. Regular review of tax and benefits and of the supply of housing, the quality of health care and education, and the costs of everyday living are really important to understand the impact on families at all income levels. If politicians do not ask constituents ‘How are you affected?’, the policy may not be what the Island needs.

Politicians have known for a long time about the growing number of older people needing care towards the end of their lives. There are two significant questions to answer. Firstly, how to provide enough places for people needing care, and secondly, how to pay for it?

Decisions on the Long Term Care Fund will affect what options are available. I do not think it is fair that the younger generation should bear all the costs of care for their parents. Neither do I think that homes should be sold to pay for care. A secure funding arrangement needs to be agreed with the aim of increasing capacity and variety of care for older people.

Space here is limited and I could say much more about many other issues, so if you have questions please contact me directly.

I would very much appreciate your vote to continue to serve you for another four years and do as much as I can, as well as I can and as often as I can to progress Guernsey’s Recovery.

Jane Stephens

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 been a deputy for 8.5 years and served for four years on four committees and for the last 4.5 years as the only female member on the Policy and Resources Committee. I have contributed to achieving balanced budgets during this period whilst supporting other committees in their work with funds and personnel. Money has been directed to the ‘rainy day’ fund which has provided a lifeline as C19 hit us. Whilst monitoring our international standing and crucial Brexit preparations and all the legal responsibilities of the senior committee, I have taken particular interest in all work for children and older people and the voluntary and charitable sectors. I have worked with ESS and ESC on budgets and policy. I have chaired cross committee groups progressing plans for children and older people. So I have had close interest in the revision of the Children’s Law, the development of the new Education Law, the provision of care for older people and the institution of the Social Investment Fund to give more financial security to the third sector. Previously, I served on Housing where I was involved with the early work on developing shared equity housing and the replacement of the Bouet Estate. On the Public Accounts Committee I promoted good governance as a tool for accountability across the States. I worked on the Legislation Select Committee and the Public Sector Remuneration Committee and I was the first Political Champion for People with Disabilities and was closely involved with work on what became the Disability and Inclusion Strategy.

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 ?

At times we have to employ people from off Island because the necessary skills are not available locally. The challenge of unemployment highlights the need to have high standards of education including vocational courses and the opportunity to return to learning throughout life to reskill ourselves if necessary. But unemployment is a demand as well as a supply issue. So government needs to value innovation leading to job creation across all our wealth creation activities.

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

There are many suggestions of areas to tackle and most individuals make good choices to reduce carbon. But sometimes these ideas falter because of our infrastructure and the need to invest in cables and facilities to buy back solar energy from householders. Globally, industry and travel usage of power will have to change .Locally, respect for the Vienna Convention will eventually bring some changes to the cleanliness of our local transport use, but it is a revision of our domestic heating habits that I would favour as a contender for progressing to a net zero position. On an individual level, what we buy, and how much we buy and where from is an opportunity for positive action.

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?

Throughout my political career I have assisted people from all over the Island. I have every expectation of continuing to do that.

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

The planning law recognizes that there re are some land parcels so locked in by development or gardens that they will never be used for agriculture. I have no objection to these parcels being subsumed into curtilage. But for those adjacent to larger areas of agricultural land where there is a realistic prospect of them being used for agriculture then I think they should maintain their agricultural status. In either case that land can become biodiversity reservoirs to benefit the Island as a whole.

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 always refuse to make promises I cannot keep as that helps nobody. I will continue to do that. Sometimes events conspire against promises being kept and if that happens then I always explain those circumstances if I can.Political achievement depends on detailed research, making a sensible case and having funds. It takes effort and resilience. I set myself high standards and do all I can to live up to them. Persistence is a necessary tool for politics.

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

I have no doubt that human activity has impacted on our climate and that we must act to rescue what we can. Small acts taken by many people can have a big impact. We must read the science and make decisions together on what action to take. It is important to take the community with us on the journey.

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

As a member of the current P&RC I have a clear view on the attributes necessary to do the job well. My list includes political experience, a high standard of achievement in another sphere, the ability to draw together varied views to find a way forward, an understanding of workplace planning and human resources management. The person must be articulate, able to work on a national and international level to get the best for Guernsey. The person needs to be honest, tough but kind and willing to offer leadership and make difficult decisions.

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?

Not at the moment. We do not have a full impact assessment of the C19 effect and may not have that for some years. It is premature to consider extending the runway before we know how many passenger movements to expect in the medium term.

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?

In my view – and there are other opinions to take into account - the important consideration here is the sustainability of tax income, versus the benefits of diversification. We have a narrow tax base which post Zero 10 and until recently provided sufficient yield if we allocated it carefully. In 2019 when faced with the expanding ambitions of committees it became clear that a wide review I necessary and the next PRC will present this as soon as possible. As this review will have to be a ‘conversation’ with the community I cannot predict what the outcome will be but I anticipate we will have to move to a broader position to be able to fund what the community wants in the future.

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

Maternity and paternity leave are important to settling a baby into family life, and the provision benefits employers by retaining employees in the business. Any future changes have to work for employees and employers and should be subject to consultation. A further significant question would be about the cost of child care.

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?

The Recovery Strategy, Revive and Thrive.

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?

Many people are choosing a variety of transport options depending on the reason for leaving home and relying on choice is the right thing to do. Making all options as safe as possible is an area for consideration, including speed restrictions, cycle routes, pavements, buses and vehicle parking. Rather than ‘encourage’ I would prefer government to respond the changing situation because then the evidence is available on which to base policy.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

It depends what is meant by ‘outsourcing’. Although there is a variety of competencies on Island sometimes a specific skill or knowledge is needed and that has to be found through outsourcing. It has become increasingly clear that outsourcing to the Third Sector, by commissioning charitable groups, or giving grants is a cost effective way of delivering services that the SOG cannot offer. If the question includes outsourcing services to local businesses then key considerations have to be value for money and the resilience of the service being offered.

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

The evidence for climate change is all around us and I can draw attention to this in informal ways. As a politician I must consider the climate impact of every policy I read and reject those that ad to the threat.

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

No, because ‘de–growth’ is in reality ‘decline’ and that would not provide the space to plan for a better environmental context. Growth does not have to mean ‘more and more at greater environmental cost’, but it can mean gradual change for the better using the resources that growth produces to manage the environment.

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?

We have a well-established transport strategy at present that is capable of adaptation to meet the increasing interest in travel choices. I will wait for the Fiscal Strategy Review to show how resources can be applied so that all methods of travel thrive.

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

First deal with the source of power for transport, then the on - island infrastructure, then the vehicle technology.

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

Well managed biodiversity areas even in small gardens and in public spaces pay dividends in sustaining varied species. As do our banks, hedges, cliffs and common land. Politicians have opportunity to consider the environmental impact of policy on these spaces and especially when considering revisions to Planning Law.

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?

The project to develop the St Peter Port harbour is ongoing with a broader intention of developing the seafront to maximise its benefits. Not everyone shares the views of the questioner here and so there needs to be wide consultation with the community before any projects commence.

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

Yes I do.

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?

The choice of a site for inert waste is necessary and it is a pity that there has to be one. Of all the sites considered Longue Hougue was chosen. The EIA will guide politicians on what needs to be done including whether any parts of the site can be reserved to preserve existing wildlife and geological features.

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?

Four years does not seem a significant period of time when discussing global issues but I take the point that urgency and action are important. We have some frameworks and guidance in place and the next Assembly might want to speed up our responses. I would be in favour of that.

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?

C19 has left us with little option but to support Aurigny, but that doesn’t mean we should not demand value for money both for customers and for the taw payer.

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

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 have to wait for the information in the ‘Pause and Review’ report to be able to give a firm opinion. Until then I do not know which model the States will prefer and so I cannot predict whether the agreed model will cost more or less.

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?

At present we are a competitive, well run and compliant jurisdiction. It may be that Brexit or the global down turn give us reason to review out corporate tax position but I cannot predict if that will happen or what the outcome will be.

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

High priority

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 I do know, and the matter is being worked on. It is more complicated than changing a line on a certificate as it brings in other legislation. I will continue to highlight the issue.

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?

Any privatisation initiatives require detailed risk assessment and safeguards attached. It would not be my first choice to offset our responses to C19.

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 if the vacant office space remains empty.

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

This seems a good idea but there are practicalities to address. Who does what and who pays? I agree with chipping companion animals.

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?

Deputy - Difficult to decide as many achievements are committee achievements. Being a member of PRC carries great responsibilities and I have satisfaction in having fulfilled the brief. I have been involved in setting up an action plan for Carers which is something I have wanted for a long time and that pleases me.

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 am told my collegiality and ability to work with others is good. It is certainly my aim to operate in this way because I agree with the questioner that leading people is just that – not pushing them to where they do not really want to be.

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

No – if there are any issues to resolve then the Population Management Law can be revised

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?

I think it is time to preserve as heritage a few good examples of type and age of different buildings and leave decisions on the heritage status the rest to the owners of the properties. This will preserve some land and encourage compliance with low carbon footprint, modern building standards and fire safety in renovations. Conversion of town properties to housing revitalise St Peter Port. Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal? I cannot answer until I have read HSC’s and HA’s report on the matter.

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

I cannot answer until I have read HSC’s and HA’s report on the matter.

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?

By helping other countries we help Guernsey. Thomas Fuller actually said, ’Charity begins at home but should not end there’. If Guernsey abandons its giving across the world then we are less safe, we are less prosperous and we are less healthy. C19 has shown how vulnerable we are to living conditions thousands of miles from here. My view is that all charitable acts wherever they are performed benefit us all by making better someone's life experience. That increases the likelihood of less war, migration and global disease.

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?

I cannot answer until I have read HSC’s and HA’s report on the matter.

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?

I cannot answer until I have read HSC’s and HA’s report on the matter.

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?

This is not a simple supply and demand issue but a social issue. I was involved in Housing when the GHA first branched out into different tenures of housing and the shared equity arrangement seemed a solution. The expected ‘moving on’ of residents from those properties has not been as expected and there is still a gap in affordability for second time homes. But shared equity still has an important part to play in the provision of housing. The requirement that builders should include a % of affordable properties in projects over a certain number of units has not produced any so that can be discounted as an immediate solution. There is land banked around the Island that is not being built on. I would like to improve conditions to stimulate new building, release more existing unused commercial buildings for tenanted housing, and move far more rapidly through the disposal of States properties to allow for more social housing. The market is overheating at present so this is a good time to review policy.

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 know about the delay from the GEP, I do not know what the ‘back story’ is. If I am returned then I will look into the matter. Please contact me post-election if appropriate.

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

Speeding is an offence as is poor maintenance of a vehicle. If police capacity and powers are not sufficient to address the nuisance and danger then the next Assembly should look at this again.

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 voted for this measure and the issue that is being expedited is the appointment of a specialist pharmacist. If there are some drugs on the list that can be prescribed now then I will establish if this can happen soon.

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 runway extension project would have to sit within the Recovery Strategy for me to vote for it. Currently it does not.

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?

Old reports do not accurately reflect current conditions - see answer above.

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?

I hope for Brexit benefits in trade and relationships with other jurisdictions and nor just in finance - but diplomacy is undertaken on our behalf is undertaken by Westminster. As a member of PRC I have supported our external relations team throughout the last few years.

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 have worked for a long time for all Islanders to live without discrimination. It is important to convince the community of the benefits of future work so a gradual approach seems good to me.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

The tools I use are information and data to make evidence based decisions. I do not rely on hearsay or internet opinion. I relate the information I have to what the community are saying about the issue. I look for costs, benefits and risk, and balance that against projected timescales. If the matter is urgent then I am willing to take more risk and spend more. Good governance tells me the action has to be taken by the right people, for the right people, at the right time and cost.

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 spoke against both assisted dying and abortion and would do so again.

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 am anticipating the Fiscal Policy Review which will five the community opportunity to tell government what quality of services and infrastructure they want and how much tax they want to pay. One outcome of that review should be a fairer system but it depends on what the community say.

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?

I am waiting for the review of the lockdown support given to the hotels to ascertain if more could be done. I do not want Guernsey to be too commercialized to attract tourists as we have a unique offering here, and each initiative needs to be taken on its merits. If tourism is not thriving then I have to first ask why and then decide how future assistance can be blended into the Recovery strategy.

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

Economy supports social investment ( including education) and both benefit from environmental protection - quality of life. Infrastructure and connectivity are embedded in revive and thrive. I am thrifty by nature and always interested in a more efficient way of working as this benefits all of the above. So I think all these things are interrelated and must happen together, but decisions about opening borders is a public health matter before it is political and keeping us safe takes priority over everything else. ( I do want to see my family living of Island very soon!)

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

None of these are my achievements in the sense that others have been involved - but I would list the introduction of shared equity housing, introducing the opportunity to embrace good governance to the Assembly, being the first Disability Champion and laying foundations for the discrimination work, I raised parliamentary questions that highlighted poor GCSE results in some schools, I have worked to deliver 4x balanced budgets and advise the Assembly to invest in the rainy day fund - this meant we could immediately respond to the lock down and offer support. I have kept oversight of policy for children and older people and establish the Social Investment Fund to support the Third Sector. I brought the new Marriage Law to the Assembly and have worked very recently on Improving Living Standards. Outside the States I chaired the Fostering and Adoption Panel for 7 years, was a lay member of the Mental Health Tribunal, member of the GDA And I have taught countless small children to read.

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

Work began in 2015 on reforming the CS with a focus on responding to the wider deployment of IT and the need to consolidate some roles and offer expertise across committees. This will reduce costs and the timescale is currently for the project to continue until 2015 although C19 will have impacted on the project as has political resistance to change. I wholeheartedly support what has happened so far as it has not targeted front line service personnel.

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?

At present Aurigny must try to break even - I think that instruction will continue to be relevant until travel becomes more frequent.

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

Yes with safeguards and tight governance and reporting obligations to government.

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

Yes - because we are remote from mainland masses the it is likely a subsidy will always be needed if we are to retain connectivity.

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

I do not want householders to sell their homes to pay for care but neither do I want working people with bills to pay to support older folk - the number of which are growing. So I think the ability to take equity out of the home to pay for care but at the same time protect much of the inheritance value should be available for those who want to do it. the fund could be better invested to bring a greater return.

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

I have never been in favour of GST. But we have never been in recovery as we are now. So I reserve judgement till the Fiscal Policy Review is finalised. I will not easily vote for GST.

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

I have no strong feeling about this other than the question says 'all' and I think it reasonable to protect the best examples of heritage.

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

Invest in digital innovation and infrastructure, encourage the finance industry by offering regulation sufficient to meet international assessment but no more. Give our students the best possible standard of education and encourage vocational courses. Never dismiss innovation without applying imagination.

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.

ESS make great efforts to get the levels right and set them to help people at a level that will get States approval. I would agree with removal of the cap preventing larger families from access in the help they need.

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?

The ratio between working people and non working people is a challenge the next Assembly needs to consider. Key management worker housing and the flexibility of the Population Management Law are tools to use.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

I am Roman Catholic and seek to treat people fairly and honestly. I try to work honorably and 'do the job' the voters expect me to do and vote in a reasoned way with integrity. I reserve the right to make votes of conscience on matters that trouble my conscience.

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?

The runway extension project would have to sit within the Recovery Strategy for me to vote for it. Currently it does not.

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?

A review of Primary Care is part of HSC's plans to seek affordable health care. There has been a recent decision to make health care for children more affordable. I am not aware of the terms of the continuing negotiation between HSC and the primary care practices.

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)?

Developing end of life care.

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

Yes I would - T levels give status to technical and vocational education by measuring learning in an appropriate way

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?

Invest in digital innovation and infrastructure, encourage the finance industry by offering regulation sufficient to meet international assessment but no more. Give our students the best possible standard of education and encourage vocational courses. Never dismiss innovation without applying imagination.

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?

Like other areas of care - community care for instance - it seems there could be work done to improve coordination of service and this would be my first route to explore.

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

I agree there should be public debate on such issues.

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

All the way though this debate I have depended on the best information available to me at the time of debate. I am now waiting for the Pause and Review Report and we have to view the project in a C19 world. I want the matter to be settled and the schools to be settles so other matters like standards can be a focus.

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?

Environment Impact Assessments will guide the planning and have priority.

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"?

The transfer to the Greffe has been planned to cause no change to the service but there will be a wider use of income from probate in the charitable sector. I am content with the change.

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