- Parish Castel
- Experience New Candidate
I will be honest I am a newbie to politics, but feel I have a lot to bring to the table including life experience in a lot of my key points. I am driven, relatable and passionate about our Island and people. My background is mainly in education as a pre-school practitioner. My latest job is media management & marketing. I would love to represent you as a deputy.
- Education, SEN & hidden disabilities with continued help after leaving school. Child & Adult mental health services.
- Revitalise our growing heritage for a more self-reliant and sustainable future for The Bailiwick with more than just the finance industry.
- The legalisation of Cannabis for medical & recreational use & address the Opioid epidemic.
Education, SEN & hidden disabilities with continued help after leaving school. Child & Adult mental health services.
I agree with the three school system! I think that by making our schools bigger will have a detrimental effect on our children’s mental health which is a growing problem on the island. Another facility like Les Voise is needed for children with Special Education needs & hidden disabilities that are more on the emotional & social difficulties side, who end up becoming non-school attendees.
There is inclusion in mainstream schools but an understanding of the child’s needs is severely lacking. Child & Adult Mental Health Services are overwhelmed and lack funding.
Revitalise our growing Heritage for a more self-reliant and sustainable future for The Bailiwick.
We can no longer only rely on finance! We need more locally produced products to be less reliant on the mainland as recent times have taught us! Our locally grown produce etc. should be given priority. Guernsey has the capability to grow hemp for more sustainable products such as material, paper, rope, food and more (see infographic). I am thrilled that The States have decided to back our dairy.
This was critical for our Heritage Breed.
The legalisation of Cannabis for medical & recreational use & address the opioid epidemic.
We have been driven by a fact-based approach to COVID and the same stance should be taken with the cannabis debate. We need to take stock. It’s not something that’s being introduced, it is here and being used recreationally and for medicinal purposes. Cannabis has become part of our culture. It should be legalised and regulated the same way alcohol is. There is so much fact-driven research from over 20 years and its medical properties can no longer be ignored (see infographic). Even if you do not agree, check with your young adults if they use cannabis? The way it stands if they get caught and gain a criminal record this will have a significant effect on their future!
The fight we should be fighting is the growing epidemic of opioid abuse in Guernsey. How many more people must die for this to be addressed?
I think we will all agree that our nurses, auxiliary staff & carers have been our heroes of late.
They deserve to be treated with the utmost esteem and their wages should reflect this. They have been undervalued for years and have shown us nothing but courage and grit at a critical time. If we cut back on unnecessary expenses, our health care system would be a lot better off financially. For example, instead of sending one patient off-island for treatment at the cost of £60k for one patient, plus the travelling costs when the equipment costs £20k with a suite ready here, which would benefit lots, seem ludicrous. This is not fiction. It is the same for adult testing of autism. To get one person tested, a physician comes over to do a test which is a computer programme that the computer analysis and diagnosis itself. So why not have that programme on the island? This is just two cases, how many more are there?
More support for the unemployed.
More projects are needed to help unemployed people back to work! School leavers should be given extra training if they can’t find work on a higher level than currently exists.
Many different industries & young adults could benefit from this arrangement and encourage them into jobs rather than get stuck in the system.
Population & Guernsey First.
We are always going to need to outsource certain things living on an island but a lot more effort should be put into Guernsey people first. I think we need to be more selective on work permits & licences in Guernsey to keep our population down. Allow licences for jobs that are in demand or cannot be fulfilled by locals or are lacking in that area. Tighter criminal checks are needed. If a person has committed violent and serious crimes in their country, we should not be allowing them to live in Guernsey.
I have many more opinions and things I am passionate about. If you would like to ask me any other questions please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected] or visit my website for links with more information on certain subjects to help you to decide for yourself.
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?
Being involved with educational services for 14 yrs as a parent, attending multi agency meetings taking on information, researching it for myself and putting forward informed replies.
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 ?
Make it a living wage. Making it more desirable for locals. Be stricter on licences. Out source but only if in can't be fulfilled on island.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
Laws of protection for our flora, fauna & wildlife/marine life. More renewable energy such as solar, wind and tidal.
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?
Island wide so we can have the right Deputies fulfilling the roles in their niche subjects will be more beneficial.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
Very worried and not just gardens!
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 make no promises I can't keep. But if I become a Deputy I will pledge to put the Island and it's residents first.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
Transparency, morals, Guernsey First and not self serving.
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?
No, If It was necessary it should of been done the first time. There are bigger planes that can easily land on our runway. Maybe that would be more efficient.
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, I think we do. I can't give a definitive answer on how! Advice and research would be needed to honestly answer this question.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
I think maternity leave has taken a step forward now that Dads are also entitled to leave.
I believe Guernsey needs a vision; a forward-thinking concept for the future of the island’s infrastructure, community wellbeing and economy. What’s yours?
Growing industrial Hemp and legalising and growing medical and recreational cannabis would be a great start. Make money, save money, community wellbeing.
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?
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
I think a lot of money is wasted on this.
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
That everyone needs to wake up to it. The education is there, the lack of willingness to educate oneself is lacking. It is all of our responsibility.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
Yes definitely. We need to get back to nature and grow what we can on island and save our natural habitats.
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?
I can't give a difinitive answer on how! Advice and research would be needed to honestly answer this question.
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?
No, who is this for, certainly not islanders. Cruise tenders are a quaintness of Guernsey. They don't spend money on island being here all day?
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly 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?
Bring in the protection laws that are needed.
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?
Money down the drain i'm afraid.
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 definitely. Also I don't get why sea defences haven't been put in place on town to stop the seasonal flooding??
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?
If the money wasn't wasted in the first place we wouldn't be in this situation. visit my website to see my views on education!
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?
I can't give a definitive answer on how! Advice and research would be needed to honestly answer this question with an informed answer!
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?
I would argue discrimination on any level and give my support.
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?
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?
That sounds like a very good idea.
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
I think it is needed but money could be spent more wisely at the present.
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?
Revitalising our growing heritage and a more sustainable future.
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.
With 2 children on the spectrum I would say pretty good. Less talk more action on fact based decisions.
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?
Good Question that I don't know the answer to. It's becoming increasingly harder for the younger generation to get on the property ladder.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
Yes definitely, again fact driven. With the right regulation. If not ban alcohol that's more damaging but legal?
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?
Virtual yes, public gallery no. Why, i'm too busy answering these 80 questions ;)
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?
We are a small island. This is going to sound harsh to some but can we localise first to be in a better position to help globally?
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 ?
Yes I agree with scrutiny however a IA would be helpful.
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 agree with legislation for recreational and medical cannabis. Visit my website for my full views and a bit of education on the subject.
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 honestly couldn't fully answer this question. Yes there should be accountability but an individual can't make decisions on their own.
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?
I think the states scheme should be brought back to help first time buyers with the deposit.
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?
Too many pharmaceuticals are handed out in the first place, we have other options for some. They moved fast for CV so why not others?
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
Speed cameras would stop speeding! Noise will reduce as electric cars will at one point be affordable for everyone!
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?
No enough money has been wasted. The runway is suitable for bigger planes that can land. Choose the companies that have these!
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?
No I am not aware! But will be reading it now I am.
Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?
Yes if it would benefit Guernsey and be viable.
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?
We are one race, the human race. Diversity, inclusion and equality all of the way.
What criteria do you use for decision making?
What I know from personal experience, research to back that up or learn if i don't know, listening and being open to different perspectives.
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?
Freedom of choice for both. Why we are ok to watch someone die slowly in pain with no hope of recovery.
It is beyond time to invest in our people, infrastructure and public services. Do you plan to make the island's tax system more fair and progressive, so that more businesses and the wealthy pay a fairer share?
Yes, also more help for the self employed. Small local businesses are struggling enough.
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 think things could be done better.
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
Impossible to answer here feel free to email [email protected] so I can answer properly.
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
Yes I think we do. I can't give a definitive answer on how! Advice and research would be needed to honestly answer this question.
As we subsidise the airline, should Aurigny have a monopoly over all air routes to and from the Bailiwick, with a regulator to ensure fair pricing and a policy of not for profit?
I don't think there is any profit in Aurigny. I don't think it was a wise choice to buy it in the first place.
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
Only if it was in the benefit of the community?
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
We live on an island both are vital. Things could be better.
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
That there isn't enough funding now let alone by then.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
No. Locals need to be able to afford to live here. The cost of living here is high enough.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
Yes it is part of History that should never be forgotten. Plus tourism needs them.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
Growing industrial hemp on arable land and legalizing cannabis for recreational and medical use.
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.
Right for some and not for others.
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?
Give out licences for jobs that have to be outsourced and not be done by residents here.
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
It won't. Too many religions to consider. Religion shouldn't come into it.
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?
Growing industrial hemp on arable land and legalizing cannabis for recreational and medical use to fill that pot! Excuse the pun.
Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?
Yes. If it is a terminally ill patient why are we willing to watch them suffer in pain when it's not there wish. Freedom to choose
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 think they would be good but more practical things need to be added also.
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?
Make it easier on the self employed. That would encourage start ups & help current small local businesses viable.
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?
This is a subject I am passionate about please visit www.VoteNicolaYoungGsy.uk for a proper answer.
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.
Actually ask and listen to islanders.
What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?
I am Pro Abortion. Again actually involve the community.
How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?
This is a subject I am passionate about please visit www.VoteNicolaYoungGsy.uk for a proper answer.
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?
Yes it definitely should take priority over the East Coast. Who is the East coast development for Islanders or the rich!
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"?
Probate has its pros and cons Of course, you may not have to actively concern yourself with trusts to avoid probate at all!