- Parish St Sampson
- Experience Current Deputy
Why vote for me? Coronavirus is a catalyst for change. Our community is ready to revive and thrive. The States must keep up the momentum. A vote for me is a vote for courage, commitment and common sense. I have proven that I can work collaboratively with people from all different political backgrounds, to make positive changesthat Islanders want. We must work together to build back better for ALL. Together we can make a difference.
- “Jennifer has a proven track record of constructively infuencing and persuading others to support progressive policy objectives in an engaging manner. She is independent-minded, has intelligence married with integrity and will not be politically coerced into submission.”
Mr Chris Green (Advocate)
- Please contact me if you would like to discuss anything or if you would like a copy of my full manifesto.
The Coronavirus may have challenged us, but it also showed us our consideration and compassion for each other. Our community demonstrated kindness and support to neighbours, strangers and friends. It is this community spirit which defeated this virus in our island.
Despite this, the years ahead will continue to test the strength of our community.
Our mental and physical health is built on a foundation of economic and environmental security. For this, we must put our community and all our families first.
Our economy should be an enabler for our social and environmental policies.
We need to protect our finance industry, and we must also support self-employed and independent businesses.
I am against expanding our national debt. Especially if there is no intent to pay it back. I will not agree to any borrowing if we do not know exactly how the funds will be used.
We need to review our tax and benefits system, to achieve sustainability and improve our living standards.
We must recognize our intergenerational challenges and plan for our future demographics.
We need to recognise and eradicate waste and inefficiency in public spending. We must focus on providing high quality public services that we can afford.
We need to determine what is appropriate for the needs of our community, our economy and our Island.
I believe we should all be able to live in a safe, sustainable and clean environment. That we can make a difference by the daily choices we make.
I have pushed for a more sensitive Planning regime and helped many islanders to defend our beautiful island and natural environment.
I will continue to push for brown field sites to be developed before green field sites, and for a more balanced approach towards development in housing allocation areas.
We need affordable housing, but we mustn’t achieve this by cramming housing into an infrastructure that cannot cope. We need sustainable homes which support a quality of life.
We need action on noise pollution, and we need to determine if throwing rubble and sewage in our bays is the right solution. I do not believe it is.
Our Educational Opportunities
All of our children deserve educational opportunities that will enable them to achieve their full potential. They deserve the very best that we can afford.
We must stop arguing over how many schools and concentrate on finding a model of education that can deliver the best personal outcomes for all of our children. That attracts and retains dedicated and effective teachers. We must ensure parity of provision, and move forward quickly with the reform of our secondary school education.
Our Justice System
We must deliver the review of justice policy. We need a family court system that is progressive and fair. We need sexual offences legislation that is up-to-date and fit for purpose.
Medicinal cannabis should be available to those who need it. But we also need to engage with our community to address the wider issue of drug reform.
I am proud to have held government to account this term, and to help create a more effective and empowered Scrutiny function for next term. I believe we need a Freedom Of Information Law that is proportionate to our island, with a clear right of appeal when needed.
We must insist on an open and transparent government which is accountable to the people it serves.
I believe in the right to equality and freedom from discrimination. I want to live in a community that continues to embrace diversity. One in which we are tolerant of each other. Where our family life and unique culture can flourish, free from hatred and uncertainty.
I recognise that individual constituent matters can affect your life as much as Island wide issues. I will continue to care about parish matters, and be available to work with you on issues that concern you.
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?
2018 – 2020 Scrutiny Management Committee (SMC) · Enacted changes to the law for an empowered and effective scrutiny function · Pushed for Tribunal of Inquiry (TOI) to investigate the recruitment of senior educational post · Sat on the panel for 8 public scrutiny meetings to aid openness and transparency and hold committees to account · Review of our Access to Public Information and Capital Allocation Process Drove forward the introduction of the laws that give scrutiny the powers to insist on un redacted documents and require attendance at public hearings. The consequence being that there can be a more effective and empowered scrutiny function next term. Proposed TOI (twice) to try to investigate and determine if recruitment procedures had been adhered to in relation to the recruitment of a senior educational post. The states by majority, did not agree to pursue this. Panel members on 8 public scrutiny meetings seeking clarity and trying to hold the principal committees of the states to account (including Health, Education and Home Affairs.) Review of capital expenditure ( concluded that we are under investing in our capital projects and listed several recommendations) and Access to Public information ( cultural change needed ; recommended a freedom of information law that is proportionate which includes a clear right of appeal should a request be unreasonably denied.) 2018-2020 States Assembly and Constitution Committee ( SACC) Vice President · Delivering Island Wide Voting (IWV) · Successfully changed the Code of Conduct procedure. IWV Enacting the referendum by delivering our first ever island wide election. It has been challenging and complex with many changes to our laws and many practical consequences to try to alleviate. The many false starts by flip flopping the election dates have added unnecessary time pressures. Trying to deliver democracy in challenging times with the threat of another wave of coronavirus. Some solutions for both the electorate and the candidate being the opportunity for every candidate to have 2 pages in a combined manifesto to be delivered to every home on the electoral roll, an audio and visual 3 minutes manifesto, having more than one day and site in which to visit a polling station , promoting postal voting and having a ‘ meet the candidate event’ and questions for candidates to answer ( didn’t expect this many!!) There will be many lessons to be learn especially in regards to how we can have a balance of arms of independents and parties and how we can assist the electorate in finding our more about the candidates. Many thanks to the election team for their hard work, perseverance and flexibility. Code of Conduct (COC) Approved by the Assembly. Aim is to strengthen the accountability, openness and expected behaviours and transparency of Deputies. To have an Independent Commissioner of Standards to assist in rebuilding the confidence by ensuring that the perception of objectivity under the old system is negated when a COC complaint is investigated. 2016 – 2018. Economic Development; Recognised the need to diversify of our economy and to encourage low foot print but high revenue businesses (E.g. Digital Greenhouse). Need to remain attractive to High Net Worth’s and retain being a competitive jurisdiction. Tried to determine and remove barriers to local entrepreneurs. Tried to influence some of the detriment effects of our Population Management Law. Skills strategy ; Recognised need for skills development in our work force and supported and advance the skill strategy but we need to stop making it a political football between ESC and Ec Dev. Supported the need to encourage and nurture Fin Tec. Supported retail and tourism. Retail; set up retail focus groups and acted as conduit to get retailers together to discuss opportunities and threats with the aim of setting up a retail consortium. Worked with Environmental and Infrastructure to identify problems and find solutions for retailers and consumers. Tourism; Worked with hospitality providers to try to find solutions to barriers and to improve transport links. Identified potential growth opportunities and championed working towards getting a tourist strategy to the states to endorse, to get political buy in and to drive progress.
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 ?
The population management laws is meant to ensure that people are only allocated work permits if the jobs can’t be filled on island. We need to recognise that people may need retraining in different jobs so there needs to be an accessible provision to enable this. We must support those that are unemployed with core aim to get then back into work ASAP. The job centre should be in a position to offer such support.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
We all need to support and champion the climate action plan. We need to continue to develop and support policies that give our community real choice, that educates our community so that they can make informed decisions based on evidence and fact. Encourage our community, our families and friends, to make informed choices and to think before we act. E.g. what transport options and opportunities we have and how we heat our homes, how we use generated power and be recognisant of how that power is generated. Please see additional responses to similar questions.
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?
Upon election, policies papers that the states debate are dominantly island wide and rarely have propositions that are specific to a parish. However, I recognise that individual constituent matters can affect lives as much as island wide issues. I have helped islanders regardless of which parish they live in. I appreciate that living in a densely populated parish may perhaps enable that person to have a better understanding of neighbourhood concerns but many of us, certainly I have, lived in numerous parishes during our lifetimes. So far, I have lived in St Sampson, Vale, St Peter Port, Castel and St Pierre du Bois.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
Yes. We need to enhance the protection for areas such as these but also promote and support the use of agricultural land for its intended purpose.
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 try to prioritise in specific areas to help achieve quality ‘v’ quantity. I can’t determine where, if re-elected I could serve our community best, as it will be depend on who is elected and their areas of expertise. I am concerned that some of the parties will be inwards looking and have been deciding things behind closed doors. That they will not be prepared to work collaboratively with independents, with all elected members. I have a proven track record of constructively influencing and persuading others to support progressive policy objectives in an engaging manner and I hope that party members will be prepared to debate and determine policies on their merit and not be party whipped or personality driven. I recognise this threat and I will work hard to try to overcome the barriers that parties may have unfortunately created.
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
We must recognise the damage that we are doing to our island and do what we can to slow down climate change. I believe that we can all make a difference by the daily choices that we make. We need to think globally and act locally.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Honesty, openness, integrity, intelligence, selflessness commitment, consistency, common sense, experienced, proven track record, good communication skills. A person who can work collaboratively across the political spectrum with all elected members. Someone who is prepared to be accountable. One who adheres to the Nolan principles of governance . Who recognises the principles of good governance within others and acts to address alleged instances of misconduct.
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?
If we have the funds to invest but arguably the world has changed significantly and it is not an immediate priority but it could be part of building back better. Please see additional answers to similarly posed questions.
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. We need to review our tax and benefits system with the core aim of achieving sustainability whilst improving our living standards. We need systems that work for everyone, supporting people on low incomes and people in need while planning for future demographics. We must face our intergenerational challenges if we want our island to be an attractive place for our young people.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
Maternity and paternity pay could help sustain our birth rate and unlock the potential for more new parents to continue with minimum interruption, their career paths. It isn’t just the pay but also parental rights which could be encompassed in our discrimination law.
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?
Very similar to yours! I believe that our economy should be used as an enabler for our social and environmental polices. The health and wellbeing of our community is built on a foundation of economic and environmental security.
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?
People should be able to make informed choices that enable them to decide how they wish to navigate our beautiful island. Be that by foot, bicycle, bus or car. To do this we need to able to have choice, real choice that is supported by our infrastructure. We also need to understand the consequences of the daily decisions we make.
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
When it is proportionate and cost effective to do so.
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
Support proportionate policies that ensure that we recognise the damage that we are doing to our beautiful island. We need to think globally and act locally. Education starts in our homes we all have responsibility to inform ourselves. The media could help. The Government should lead on this. Government needs to ensure it sends out clear concise messaging as to what we can all do to help. The same as government is doing during the Coronavirus. We also need to ensure that is a proportionate part of our educational offering in our schools.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
I will consider anything. May not agree with it but I will consider it with an open and inquisitive mind set.
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?
Invest in our infrastructure so that we can all have real choice in determining how we wish to navigate our island. Be that by foot, bicycle, bus or car. We need to continue to consider how we can improve our roads for vulnerable road users. We have under invested in our capital projects and infrastructure for decades. We have enough funds in our capital reserves to deliver this. If we need more revenue then that needs to be part of or review of tax and benefits and must be part of the budget process. We must not be afraid to consider all options. We must work together to achieve this and stop the anti-car or anti bike rhetoric. Our community need the opportunity to make informed choices.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
We need a comprehensive set of policies that are not punitive to those that can least afford it fiscally. We need to encourage , engage , educate and offer our community choice, real choice through the policy decision we make. Every policy we debate and determine, should take into consideration not just the fiscal cost but the environmental and social cost of enacting the policy and / or not enacting the policy. I submitted an amendment to rules of procedure in this regard but it did not get majority support. Sometimes we appear to want to know the ‘cost of everything but the value of nothing.’ People should be able to make informed choices that enable them to decide how they wish to navigate our beautiful island. Be that by foot, bicycle, bus or car. To do this we need to able to have choice, real choice that is supported by our infrastructure. We need to understand how the Island Development Plan (IDP) impacts on our use of the internal combustion engine. Cars are at their environmental best when they are parked and not when they are being driven around trying to find a parking space. We need to understand the consequences of the daily decisions we make as members of our community . We need an intergraded transport strategy that balances our environmental , social and fiscal policies , one that is proportionate and not punitive to those that can least afford it. We should consider loans and not simply give grants to those that could arguably already afford to make the switch or desired behavioural changes. We need an integrated transport strategy that is developed and led by a committee and a President who can work collaboratively and constructively with Economic Development , Education, Sport and Culture , Health and Social Care , Home Affairs and the Development and planning Authority and the Policy and Resource Committee. This should touch all committees mandates. We also need to work with the 3rd sector to develop our policies. Seeking their input , recognising their concerns and mitigating them. Please see additional responses to similar questions.
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
I intend supporting the strategy for nature and will continue to fight to enhance the protection for areas of bio diversity (ABI’s) which I have championed this term. Whereas extra finance may be needed to help support data gathering and evidence collecting, if we continue to talk and not act more of our biodiversity species will be lost. We currently have a policy that is meant to protect ABI’s in the Island Development Plan (IDP) but I am concerned as to how this policy it is being interpreted and implemented. I tried to strength the protection for ABI’s in a requete (parliamentary petition) and it is now on the Development and Planning Authorities action plan but is yet to be delivered.
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?
It has been encompassed into the Seafront Enhancement Action (SEA) plan. There has been no update because at times, government fails to communicate effectively and efficiently.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
I believe that global warming has been expedited by the actions of humans.
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 am against throwing inert waste into the sea. I will continue to support, champion and push for alternative, long term sustainable solutions.
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?
Support the climate action plan. Continue develop and support policies that give our community real choice. That continues to educate our community so that they can make informed decisions based on evidence and fact. Encourage our community, my family and my friends to make informed choices and to think before we act.
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?
Flabbergasted at the sums of money involved and my understanding is that they furloughed themselves whilst the rest of our community were only offered 80% of the minimum wage. My preference would be to invest in our infrastructure to enable more competition whilst protecting our life line routes. It is not run openly and transparently enough to determine if it is run efficiently but the expedite rise in debt certainly suggests that it is not! I voted against buying new aircraft as wet leasing would have given us more choices and more flexibility.
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?
If the anti- tank wall was a sea defence then yes but it is not, it is an anti-tank wall!
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?
Yes. We need to invest in our education system, we need to balance that with our health needs and within what we can afford. The cost must be proportionate and we must consider the capital costs and the operational costs. What we most do is stop wasting time and money on flip flopping. Our children deserve educational opportunities that will enable them to achieve their best educational outcomes. They deserve the very best that we can afford.
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?
We need to consider everything. Nothing should be off the table. We also need consider our competiveness and work with comparable jurisdiction if we needed.
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
I have been checking and it is being drafted. It is currently being worked on. When it is completed in needs to be submitted by the sponsoring committee, deliberated, debated, determined and delivered. The President of Policy and Resources Committee (PRC) meets with the law officers and drafters. Committees can make representations, but PRC ultimately decide the prioritisation of drafting.
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 did an amendment to the discrimination law proposals and led on it which passed, to make sure the next States addresses this serious issue. I will continue to push and champion for this to be addressed.
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?
If it was similar model to Guernsey Post or Guernsey Housing Association model, then yes. If it was to sell of our communities assets so that they can be stripped or the business model changed so at is purely for profiteering essential services for our community , then no.
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 have consistently and proactively challenged the Island Development Plan (IDP) this term, in order to make sure it properly protects greenfield sites and Areas of Biodiversity from development. I drafted and submitted, led on and championed a parliamentary petition to address concerns such as these. In theory the Island Development Plan should be flexible enough to do this. In reality, it might need another parliamentary petition) such as the one I submitted this term to direct the changes. Policy changes are needed and needed urgently. If we are indeed to build back better. We need to think and act differently.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
I prefer to educate and inform than to legislate and prosecute. There are already fines for those in our community who fail to pick up their dogs mess. There is also already a dog licensing regime. Arguably, cats foul more than dogs and that is never or rarely picked up! Any DNA regime would have to be proportionate to the problem it is trying to solve.
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?
The government and community’s reaction and subsequent achievement to the threat of the coronavirus.
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.
All Deputies should abide by the Nolan principles of good governance. I have proven that I can work collaboratively with people from all different backgrounds to make positive changes. In the words of the President of Scrutiny; “Jennifer has a proven track record of constructively influencing and persuading others to support progressive policy objectives in an engaging manner.”
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
Yes but only if it means that we can still attract essential workers (e.g. in health care) to work here. Perhaps we need to consider a TRP limit is proposed in relation to the incumbents pay. We would need to careful that we don’t devalue the local market and put our community into negative mortgage equity.
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 drafted and led a successful Requete (parliamentary petition) on the IDP to address issues such as these. If this work is not expedited then, if re-elected, I will have the experience the commitment to hasten this. I am concerned about how some of the existing policies’ are being interpreted and implemented. The Development and Planning Authority have an action plan and there are other successful proposition from the IDP requete that need to be delivered. This should be part of our ‘building back better’.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
Medicinal cannabis should be available for those who need it as part of their care pathway and as prescribed by their medical practioner. I have recognised (in an sursis motive that I co-sponsored ) and which brought justice policy back on the political agenda .I recognise that we need to address the wider issue of drug reform , we need to engage with our community to explore if we should deregulate it for recreational use.
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?
N/A But yes, before I stood in 2016 I spent many long and painful hours in the public gallery. It is only by sitting the in the public gallery that you can engage and understand the atmosphere and the environment. Only then can you actually observe what members are or are not doing.
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?
I agree with the statement. We need to support our over seas aid commission in a proportionate manner as has been exemplified this term.
This is a question for new candidates; do you agree with the principle of scrutiny of government and if so how would you ensure that it was fairly carried out ?
I have been an active member of the Scrutiny Management Committee during this term and drove forward and championed the introduction of laws that give scrutiny the power to insist on un redacted documents and require attendance at hearings. This can now be used to help create a more effective and empowered scrutiny function in tea next term.
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 as prescribed by a medical professional, as part of a care pathway, should be available to those who need it. I recognise that we also need to address the wider issues of drug reform and need to do so by engaging with our community to explore if and how we could or should decriminalise cannabis for recreational use. I co-sponsored a Sursis Motive which ensures that the next States will properly address the question of drug reform. I believe we need to engage with our community on this before deciding the way forward.
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 have been proactive in bringing the NICE TA’s issue to debate in the first place. I started investigating and researching the disparity and every growing gap between our white list (our list of ‘allowed’ dugs and medicines ) , after questions were posed in the states by another member. I researched the time consuming and expensive process used to add things to our white list (sometimes during a time critical stage of someone’s health needs ) and NICE TA’s , and the disparity in our health provisions. When members of our community contacted Deputies with their concerns, I meet with them and have acted as a conduit and by doing so, by their hard work and determination, HEAL was formed. HEAL is a positive, constructive and intelligent force for good. I propose tackling the pace and try to regain some momentum, if re- elected, by submitting oral and written questions to the relevant committees. This should expose the barriers to progress which once known, can be tackled. This is an already agreed stated policy with the short term funding identified and agreed. The Government in collectively responsible and accountable but every member has the opportunity to participate and to scrutinise committees on the progression of a policy. That said , is not an unreasonable for a Deputy ( or for any member of our community ) to expect a committee to fulfil a States resolution and if they can’t fulfil it , to proactively , openly and transparently , explain why they can’t and what the barriers are.
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?
By continuing to progress the regeneration and rejuvenation of the Bridge area which has the potential to use brown field land. It is huge opportunity for economic renewal with many benefits including new shops, café, and facilities as well as housing. However, it must be proportionate and meet the needs of our community. I support partial ownership schemes.
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 have been proactive in bringing the NICE TA’s issue to debate in the first place. I started investigating and researching the disparity and every growing gap between our white list (our list of ‘allowed’ dugs and medicines ) , after questions were posed in the states by another member. I researched the time consuming and expensive process used to add things to our white list (sometimes during a time critical stage of someone’s health needs ) and NICE TA’s , and the disparity in our health provisions. When members of our community contacted Deputies with their concerns, I meet with them and have acted as a conduit and by doing so, by their hard work and determination, HEAL was formed. HEAL is a positive, constructive and intelligent force for good. This has taken over 2 years to get it approved from the time it first came to my attention. I would propose tackling the pace and try to regain some momentum, if re- elected, by submitting oral and written questions to the relevant committees. This should expose the barriers to progress which once known, can be tackled. It should be noted that this is an already agreed stated policy with the short term funding identified and agreed. Please see additional responses to similar questions.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
We need action on noise pollution and could reduce noise pollution created by motor vehicles by setting a decibel limit in law.
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?
I have been proactive in bringing the NICE TA’s issue to debate in the first place. I started investigating and researching the disparity and every growing gap between our white list (our list of ‘allowed’ dugs and medicines ) , after questions were posed in the states by another member. I researched the time consuming and expensive process used to add things to our white list (sometimes during a time critical stage of someone’s health needs ) and NICE TA’s , and the disparity in our health provisions. When members of our community contacted Deputies with their concerns, I meet with them and have acted as a conduit and by doing so, by their hard work and determination, HEAL was formed. HEAL is a positive, constructive and intelligent force for good. This has taken over 2 years to get it approved from the time it first came to my attention. I would propose tackling the pace and try to regain some momentum, if re- elected, by submitting oral and written questions to the relevant committees. This should expose the barriers to progress which once known, can be tackled. It should be noted that this is an already agreed stated policy with the short term funding identified and agreed.
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 post covid world could and I expect, will look very different to the pre covid world. We need to re-evaluate our priorities and understand our communities needs. One of the many questions we have not yet determined is do we think affordability is more important than frequency? Or is it reliability that is the most important? Utopia is trying to deliver affordable, reliable and frequent connectivity (the ‘trilemma’). That’s the order of priority I believe is right. If a runway extension delivers that and we can afford it, great.
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?
Not every report has determined this. Many weigh the benefits and detriments but we need to determine the priorities of our trilemma. We have to balance the commercial, environmental and social costs (detriment and benefits) of doing and not doing this to come to a determination.
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?
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?
Committed. One of the many reasons that I am re standing.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
Intelligence, integrity and independence. Read, research (evidence gathering) , reflect and respond and engage with our community is my basic mantra.
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?
There has been no legalisation in regards to euthanasia. I believe that our community deserve to have choice. That they should have support mentally and physically to make informed decisions for themselves. With safe procedures in place to support their choice. We should respect others choices and not be their judge and jury.
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?
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?
We need to review and agree a tourism strategy which should include what infrastructure investments we need to make, how we can support the industry, what barriers need to be removed , and what growth we trying to achieve within what timeline. Guernsey has exemplified its attractiveness by our reaction to the Coronavirus. We need to keep this momentum up and invest in our island to continue to make it an attractive place to live, work and visit. We need to determine our USP to ensure we become a tourist destination of choice.
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
Implement R&T by driving Guernsey economy ( to generate revenue but we must also reduce States expenditure but be careful not to cut vital services) Addressing social needs ( includes ‘sort our schools’) Protecting the environment (includes ‘ invest in Guernsey infrastructure and improve’. Focus on air and sea links are parts of our infrastructure’ as is ‘ extend the runway’) Our borders are not closed and never have been.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
· Supported the adoption of NICE TA’s · Enacted and embeded our waste system · Supported the drafting of discrimination law · Protected public services · Approved a policy direction to enable affordable access to health care for our children · Approved increases to minimum wage and pensions · Proposed rejuvenation and regeneration of the Bridge area · Proposed 3rd Party right appeal · Direction of the justice policy · Supported the climate change action plan
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
There is a need to continue to scrutinize public spending. We need to recognise and eradicate waste and inefficiency but we need to balance that with providing high quality public services that we can afford. The civil service review is taking too long and needs to be expedited. If the aim is to reduce spending then it is needs to be clear as to which services will be cut or which can be delivered more cost effectively e.g. Digitally. We have some very well paid civil servants and some not well paid but key public servants, like our nurses and teachers. I believe this needs to be rebalanced.
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?
We need to consider everything but having a monopoly such as the one suggested would breach EU regulation which would make flying anywhere within the EU (which currently still includes the UK) awkward!!
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
Mistake privatising telecoms especially in a digital age. If a states owned entity can be run more efficiently and effectively with its primary purpose being serving the community and not purely profiteering from the community, then it should be considered.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
If it helps maintain our connectivity (we need sea links to import our food and medicines). We also need to consider what support is proportionate. If we are trying to make our connectivity affordable so that it is not only the very rich who can afford to travel off island then, yes.
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
We need to review or tax and benefits system to ensure that is sustainable and reflective of our inter-generational challenges. Long term care is one such challenge but £35K from all at point of use, is too blunt an instrument in achieving this especially if the £35k can only be released through an equity release scheme.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
Its regressive and puts a tax burden on those who can least afford it.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
Depends what criteria is used to define and determine ‘historic military structures’. It also depends on the costs associated with protection, repair and maintenance. If is for example, like castle cornet then yes but where possible, they should be self-sustaining from an identified income stream. We need sustainable solutions.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
Invest in capital projects that we need to enact our social and environmental policies Invest in the maintenance of our assets Champion skills development Support and nurture low footprint high revenue businesses Reduce the burden of compliance and regulation Diversify the economy (SME)
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.
Income support, all benefits should be a buffer in time of need and not a life choice. Every scenario is different. Income support is just that; it supports those who are working but whom are unable at that point in their lives, to earn enough to have the basic ‘ basket of goods’ which basically sits on the poverty line. If we had equal pay for work of equal value, less members of our community may need income support. Who should be paying employers or the states? I believe it should be the employers but that we need to have to have buffers in place.
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 need economic, social and environmental stability aligned with political stability to encourage and continue to identify ourselves as an amazing place to live and to raise and family with good job opportunities. We much face our intergenerational challenges and polices in place that recognise and address them (eg. affordable housing and our tax and benefit systems).
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
Propositions put before the States can be emotive and soul searching. I have certainly experienced having chunks of my soul and chinks out of my armour being ripped out in my first term. I have not stood on a religious platform or mandate and whereas I will engage with people of religious faith the same as those how have no religious faith, I believe that we represent all of our community and that we should vote with our heads and not purely with our hearts or purely on our faith but if or when we do , we should be open and transparent about it.
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?
Yes I have read it. I am in favour of understanding the costs v benefits and detriments of extending the run way in a post covid world which is arguably going to be very different forecasting than when the report was done.
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?
The costs are prohibitive and are too high. We need to continue to try to work with primary care providers to resolve this. If we can’t then we need to move to a different model of providing care. Primary care should not be a profit making exercise for some. It should be accessible, fair and equitable to all. Government must grasp this stinging nettle by the hand!
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)?
I support end of life choices that are made by the person whose life it is. Supported by the medical profession and their family and friends. Euthanasia is not assisted dying. Broadly, assisted dying enables a person to choices in determining their end of life care pathway. Euthanasia asks another person to decide for them.
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, They are technical levels and as a community we need to question our culture if we value technical levels any more or less than A Levels. Vocational and academic qualifications and careers should both have an equal place as we have an equal need in our community for these skills.
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?
Continue to support them if needed and if it is proportionate do so. We need to ensure or connectivity is attractive and proficient. We need to identify and remove barriers to entrepreneurs and find ways to continue to nurture and support then in their infancy. We need to support skill development. We need to reduce the burden of compliance and regulation. We need to identify new industries an encourage them to flourish. Especially low footprint but high value (eg Computer animation, graphic design).
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?
We need to identify the barriers and gaps in provision and try to resolve them. We need to bridge the gap between primary and secondary heath care.
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.
If a lobby group wishes to hold a public meeting then clearly they can. As in the Assisted dying debate, those in support and those in opposition organised public meetings which I attended in my guise as a Deputy, and which I was very appreciative of. If it is in fact a committee who is proposing a policy change, that they need further public consultation, then they also are free to hold public meetings. As a Deputy you should be prepared and willing to sit down and listen and to stand up and speak.
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 way forward is to stop arguing over the bricks and mortar and debate, determine and deliver a model that will enable ALL of our children to have the educational opportunities that will help them deliver their best education outcomes. We now have three year groups in a non-selective system that is trying to be delivered across a selective estate. There is no parity of provision or even the ability to teach triple science in some schools, regardless of a pupils aptitude. This has to stop. It is the children who will suffer in the short term and all of us in the longer term. I am not wedded to a particular model but I am wedded to delivering an educational model that our children have the educational opportunity to achieved their full potential. I believe that a majority of our community will be content with three schools but which three could then become another embittered battle. We must not allow this to happen. We must pull together and stop ripping each other apart. We must do this before our first non-selective pupils are asked to choose their GCSE’s options and that is in academic year starting in September 2021.
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?
Essentials repairs are just that, essential and need to be expedited. We have under invested in our infrastructure for far too long. We need to be fiscally prudent but not short sighted. When we don’t spend money in the short term, it costs us more in the long term! Maintenance of our cliff paths is cyclical but perhaps behind due to lock down. When everything is a priority nothing is. Essentials work should be done while the SEA rumbles on.
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 whilst for centuries, the Guernsey Ecclesiastical Court issues a Grant of Probate if the deceased left a Will or a Grant of Administration if they died intestate. Under recent proposals approved by the States, the jurisdiction of the Ecclesiastical court is being transferred to the Royal Court. The changes to this law are currently being drafted. Do we want yet more flip flop government? I appreciate that this is an administrative change but believe it is the right thing to do in a modern community. Why should the church automatically get a % of someone’s estate? This has been left for far too long it is broken as many , many in our community do not consider that the church should have a share of their estate and is does need fixing. However, we need to continue to prioritise our legislative drafting.