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Sarah Hansmann Rouxel

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  • Parish Vale
  • Experience Current Deputy
  • Party The Guernsey Partnership of Independents
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Personal Statement

Hello, I’m Sarah Hansmann Rouxel, married to local businessman and GADOC stalwart Stephen Rouxel. Raising our two children in this beautiful island home has given me a passion for ensuring their future is secured. I pride myself on being a deputy who does the research, makes evidence-based decisions and offers real solutions to the complex issues that we, as an island community, face. Please consider giving me one of your votes.

  • Economic, social and environmental frameworks cannot work without robust other.
  • Economic: Finance sector, expand economic base, stabilise cost of living
  • Social: Education transformation, affordable healthcare, arts and a skills strategy for a post-C19 world
  • Environment: Enhancement of biodiversity, protection of green fields and clean energy

Manifesto

Economic Infrastructure: We need to release the deadlock on spending on Infrastructure and invest in the Seafront Enhancement Area, ensuring an ecological and heritage balance is struck, digital Infrastructure and low carbon energy transition.

If COVID 19 has taught us all anything, it is that super-fast broadband is going to be the backbone of a global economic recovery. I will continue to push for digital infrastructure like application programming interface (API) between government systems which facilitates much more efficient collaboration with the private sector.

Economic Enablement: The finance sector is the engine room of the Guernsey economy accounting for more than 60% of GDP directly and indirectly. Support for our finance sector must be maintained, with developments in ESG investing (Environmental, Social & Governance) and similar initiatives nurtured.

Economic diversity on an island like Guernsey can only come through low-footprint, high-value products like financial services. Some good propositions would be AI development or boutique horticulture such as cannabinoid growing and renewable energy development.

Support is needed for the squeezed middle by bringing the cost of living down and reducing the burden of hidden charges. Whilst we might have the benefits of a lower tax jurisdiction, there is an increasing number of islanders left out the ‘thrive’ part of the equation.

The ‘squeezed middle’ might be an overused political soundbite, but it holds true as many islanders, even before COVID 19, were not feeling the benefits of the economic recovery demonstrated by our improved fiscal position. People with disabilities, for example are the first to feel the squeeze as there is a hidden cost to disability. We need to ensure that economic reforms capture this and support those on lower and middle incomes, whilst at the same time reviving the economy.

On Education, we have to move beyond the focus on buildings and easy political soundbites and concentrate on educational outcomes. Throughout the debates I have supported the value of inclusive education and done my best to ensure that Special Educational Needs and Disability provision in our schools is included as a central part of the transformation. I will continue to push for proper funding and good pupil-to-teacher ratios which support the flexible, inclusive delivery of education.

The Population Management policy may have been prudent in 2011 but in the post-Brexit/C19 world this policy needs a serious overhaul. We need a stable population with a balanced approach which invests in developing local talent through skills and life-long learning with a realistic understanding of current migration.

Creative Industries: During this term I have been dismayed at the lack of progress on a cohesive arts strategy. I achieved a reversal of the short-sighted funding cut for arts and sporting events, but the investment in this area is still not well enough supported. There is significant potential in developing the arts economy, which can form an integral part of our economic recovery. The social value of the arts is well understood, but often underutilised. Key aspects such as arts in education (developing the ‘soft skills’ and creativity necessary for 21st century industries), community arts supporting youth justice programs, and arts in health (particularly mental health) are just some of the potential areas.

Disability, Inclusion and Equalities: I am proud to have played a part in moving the disability and inclusion strategy forward and bringing the equalities legislation successfully through the States. There has been progress but as the States’ Champion for Disabled People, I hear the stories of islanders who fall through the cracks so I know first-hand that there is still so much work to do and we cannot afford to leave people with disabilities out of the ‘Thrive’ part of recovery.

Lessons from COVID 19: We must keep the valuable lessons learnt from the excellent work of Public Health and the community: the open, transparent communication, the data belonging to all of us and Dr Brink’s excellent mantra, ‘Evidence… You all know I like evidence’. We must continue to move forward with these values embedded in all areas of government, working together with the community to help us all to not only revive, but to thrive.

For full details of all my policy positions, please visit my website www.sarahhr.com or contact me directly.

If re-elected I am determined to continue championing the rights of people with disabilities and a sustainable, vibrant future for our island home.

Answers to questions proposed by the public:

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

I have sat on the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure and on working Parties and Subcommittees. I always inform myself of topic and research beyond what is presented in committee papers, especially on broad policy areas like Climate Change and Coastal Defence. In discussion I like to work collaboratively and balance my contribution, acknowledging the points raised by others. When faced with a contentious topic, I prefer reaching a consensus rather than simply voting.

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 ?

We have to invest in our skills strategy and align it with the jobs shortage. The population management needs a rethink and we need to create more opportunities for apprenticeships and in role development.

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

Our biggest contributors to emissions are vehicles. We must give people a genuine choice by investing walking and cycling infrastructure coupled with emissions reduction technology for vehicles journeys that can’t be replaced by sustainable means. Investing in making the dairy industry sustainable, carbon neutral and implementing a growing our own, sustainable strategy. A marine spacial strategy which unlocks the potential carbon sequestration.

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?

As a parliament we already have to focus on island wide issues, because the things we decide affect everyone not just those in our parish but there are always going to be issues which affect people on a parish level (like planning) and I will continue to engage on them.

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

I am concerned with the loss of biodiversity and habitat and will support the Strategy for Nature and the 5 year review of the IDP needs to address this loss to domestic cartilage.

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?

We are all elected as independent deputies, but in a consensus system you must be able to work with others to achieve anything. Willing to work with others respectfully and capable of listening and understanding others view points it a key part of that. It is very easy to oppose something, but to move things forward, if I oppose something, I will always offer a solution or a way of moving forward in a different direction. If elected I will work harder to find solutions where the States appears gridlocked.

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

We already feeling the effects of Climate Change and as an island nation climate change is both a threat and an opportunity. We need to adapt to mitigate the effects of climate change, but we can also use our size to our advantage to implement these changes swiftly and capitalise on emerging sustainable industries.

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

The ability to listen and build consensus, to lead by example and humility to recognise when they have got it wrong.

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?

A post covid world, with electrification of aviation and climate change all making a long term shape of the aviation impossible to define, it would not be prudent to focus on a runway extension at this time. We must however concentrate on what we can do to improve our air links by clearly defining Aurigny’s mandate as economic enabler in conjunction with a joined up tourism strategy.

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?

Diversifying our tax base is necessary and should involve putting the burden on those most able to pay. Revisiting corporation tax shouldn’t be off the table, but it has to be proportionate and not be overly burdensome, especially on small businesses and start ups. We cannot add more to those on lower and middle incomes.

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

I am in favour of shared parental leave and a States funded scheme so that it doesn’t become overly burdensome on small businesses.

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

I believe Guernsey does need to invest in its Infrastructure, the economic infrastructure, social and community infrastructure and in our natural infrastructure.

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?

To achieve this we need to provide people with genuine choice for their journeys and encourage active travel. We need to invest in our pedestrian and cycle infrastructure.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Our structure of government relies heavily on the third sector but any outsourcing of services should come with transparent key performance indicators and realistic funding.

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

Climate change cannot be tackled alone, we have to engage as a community. A citizens Assembly should take place early in the next term and vital to its success is the communication of the information and findings undertaken by the assembly. It should also be used to capture how best the island believes we can tackle the climate crisis. This is too important an issue for the government to take a top down approach, we as a community need to decide how we will tackle this.

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

We need to have a sustainable economy and this doesn’t mean looking to ‘de-grow’ but rather to grow by adding value and enriching sectors which promote sustainability.

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?

The Integrated Transport strategy has a funding mechanism from first registration duty. This will be reviewed in the light of the climate Change Action Plan. There is a need for infrastructure investment in walking and cycling paths and electric charging points, these larger capital projects should be investigated as part of the Revive and Thrive.

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

The Integrated Transport strategy has a funding mechanism from first registration duty. This will be reviewed in the light of the climate Change Action Plan. There is a need for infrastructure investment in walking and cycling paths and electric charging points, these larger capital projects should be investigated as part of the Revive and Thrive.

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

Funding the Strategy for Nature and bringing together the work streams under a project like the Centre for Nature.

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 presentation was exciting, but the practicalities of filling in Belle Grieve Bay compounded by the immaturity of the technology and unsuitability of that region for Hydro generation dampen that enthusiasm.

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

Yes.

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

The only way would be to find an alternative site and thus far there has been no suitable site or plan despite years of investigation. I will continue to work with and investigate alternatives, but if no alternative can be found, everything must be done to not just mitigate the environmental impact but to have net gain.

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?

In order to achieve net zero, the community need to be fully engaged, that is why the citizens Assembly will examine all the mechanisms and evidence and can recommend an earlier date, but it is important to have the community buy-in.

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

Aurigny’s mandate needs urgent reevaluation. It still is mandated to ‘break even’ and the recommendation of the Scrutiny review was to review its mandate. We have been sluggish in doing this - We must decide if it is economic enabler and put a clear direction in place for the uncertainty of the next couple of years.

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?

Coastal defences need to be prioritised. Under the States approved priority ranking, L’ancresse anti tank wall is listed at the bottom, so other defences protecting roads, residences, commercial properties and infrastructure will always take priority. The States agreed to do nothing but the bear minimum on the wall for the next 10 years or until it fails, unfortunately without any funding attached it is difficult to see how that can be achieved.

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?

The independent review will show the variations of each model and allow for a transparent comparison of the benefits and compromises. I would be supportive of spending more if this was an outcome of the review.

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?

A full fiscal review will be presented to the new States, this should include the option of different tax schemes and potentially moving away from 0-10.

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

It was approved in early 2016, it should be in place already so it should be given 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 voted for an amendment to the Equalities Legislation Policy letter which will seek to address this.

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?

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?

This should be part of the IDP 5 year review.

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

If it can be done cost effectively, then it is worth examining.

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?

Greatest achievement would be the passing of the anti-discrimination policy letter, although personal achievement was the amendment to the Policy letter on secondary reform which ended the review in SEND would take place and inform the new model.

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 use my background in creative team building and communication in every interaction and always actively listen to understand others perspectives and pull together diverse opinions.

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

I believe there are other mechanisms to achieve this rather than create another tier in the licensing regime.

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?

Whilst heritage should be protected, it shouldn’t be overly burdensome and with climate change the interpretation of the rules needs to be relaxed to allow restoration and climate friendly improvements.

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

Yes if the evidence presented to the assembly indicates this is the best way forward.

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?

The Overseas Aid and Development Committee does an incredible job with very little resources. The Climate Change Action Plan directs that Climate Change related projects, including carbon off setting projects should be explored.

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 ?

The Scrutiny Management Committee has only recently been granted powers to compel committees to give information, so it will be the next States to use these powers and consider whether more is necessary.

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 personally believe we should regulate it, and await the report to the States as a result of the successful amendment to the Justice Policy letter.

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?

Where the delivery of drugs is simple and doesn’t involve specialist monitoring or delivery, those drugs should be brought forward. The roll out should be brought in as soon as possible and if recruitment is holding things up, then this should be addressed.

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 believe the definition of key worker housing should be expanded to include those in essential jobs and that first time buyer schemes and expanded partial ownership schemes should be targeted at those essential workers and key new industries like digital to encourage young people to return to the island.

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?

Where the delivery of drugs is simple and doesn’t involve specialist monitoring or delivery, those drugs should be brought forward. The roll out should be brought in as soon as possible and if recruitment is holding things up, then this should be addressed.

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

MOT with emissions testing would be the simplest method of reducing the emissions and noise of vehicles.

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?

Where the delivery of drugs is simple and doesn’t involve specialist monitoring or delivery, those drugs should be brought forward. The roll out should be brought in as soon as possible and if recruitment is holding things up, then this should be addressed.

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?

Post Covid the future of aviation and travel is unknown, but I do believe we should be using the recovery to create a joined up tourism and air/sea links strategy - Building the local offering and clarifying Aurigny’s mandate as an economic enabler.

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?

Guernsey is a member of the Commonwealth parliamentary Association and these parliamentary links with other jurisdictions are well established. In a post Brexit world they will be invaluable.

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?

Yes.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Where a decision is an ethical one such as abortion or assisted dying I examine the policy through the prism of Human rights and do not include cost in those deliberations. Where the matter isn’t an ethical decision, I weigh the decision against the long term effects and weigh the cost against the cost of inaction and the potential impact on the well-being of the island.

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?

The review into taxation will come before the next States and yes we do need to make decisions on how the tax base can be diversified so that those able to bear the burden carry their fair 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 a holistic tourism strategy which is joined up with air and sea links. There should be investment in building our offering potentially through public private partnerships and a joined up approach with the events and festivals. The creation of a centre for nature which would capture the eco tourism sector would be a potential expansion of our offering.

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

We do need to revive our economy through investment in infrastructure but the economy, social needs and the health of our environment are all dependent on each other. We cannot have one without a robust other.

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

Disability and inclusion strategy and passing of the equalities legislation. Energy Policy implemented as economic enabler. Climate Change Action plan. Active Travel and cycle infrastructure improvements.

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

The size of our civil service is smaller than our island counterparts in Jersey and the Isle of Man, so I don’t believe the core issue is reduction in the size, but rather the way we deliver services. The Civil Service reform has been slow and it is not yet showing dividends. We need to speed up reforms especially digitisation and address the creation of new strategic roles. These roles should be transparent, and be able to show demonstrable returns. COVID showed we could work in different ways, we must capitalise on those lessons to springboard reform.

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?

Aurigny is still under mandate to operate as break even, This needs urgent updating and definition as an economic enabler especially in the next few turbulent years as the world adjusts post Covid.

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

The Guernsey market isn’t big enough for that approach and selling off the telecom company has not been a positive thing for the island when we compare our connectivity to Jersey who still own their telecom operator.

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

Yes air and sea links are essential for our economic and social well-being.

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

We need to investigate all the options in order to make an informed decision.

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

I am not in favour of GST as it is a regressive tax.

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

Whilst this may seem like a good proposition, in reality we are already unable to fund the maintenance of existing monuments like Castle Cornet and Fort Grey. I would prioritise those over concrete legacies of occupation.

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

Growing ventures such as ESG investments and supporting green finance. Examining the barriers to entrepreneurship and nurturing the creative and digital eco systems by creating a hub as part of a Leale’s Yard development. Unlocking sustainable industries which can help realise our zero carbon targets.

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.

a) Too low - The rates are based on a basket of good and penalise people when they should be providing a safety net. Those who due to COVID may have had to seek support for the first time have commented on how shocked they were at how little support there was. We do not want to create poverty traps, instead it should be a hand up not a hand down.

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 to encourage creative and digital industries which open up opportunities for young people returning to the island. A youth housing strategy needs to be completed and access to affordable housing designed for young professionals has to be part of new developments in the main centres.

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?

Post Covid the future of aviation and travel is unknown, but I do believe we should be using the recovery to create a joined up tourism and air/sea links strategy - Building the local offering and clarifying Aurigny’s mandate as an economic enabler.

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?

Primary care is expensive and puts some people off which has a knock on effect as the opportunity for early intervention is lost and this ultimately costs more. Failing an agreement with the primary care providers perhaps expansion of the insurance scheme in order to have all islanders with health insurance.

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)?

The two are not mutually exclusive. There should be a review of end of life choices and it should be up to each individual to choose what they feel is best 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, those T-levels that can be provided in Guernsey where the industry exists to support them, should be rolled out.

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 infrastructure like broadband and it is vital that API infrastructure is rolled out to allow better communication between States and private sector enterprises.

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?

The mental Health Framework has made some improvements, but recruitment and retention of staff leads to gaps in services and HSC are seeking to address this.

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.

We are fortunate in Guernsey where we have access to our deputies in a way not present in other jurisdictions.

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

We are fortunate in Guernsey where we have access to our deputies in a way not present in other jurisdictions.

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

The review will show all the benefits and dis-benefits of the different models and there will be an opportunity to examine what compromises each model has and what can be achieved within each revenue model. I would support paying more in a three school model for the inclusion of some of the benefits in the two school model such as pupil to teacher ratios of 12:1, SEND and communication and Autism bases on each site and co-located health services.

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?

Maintenance of our coastal infrastructure has a prioritisation list, the annual funding of this maintenance should be increased, but is separate from the capital investment that would be sought for a project like the Seafront enhancement area which would be an economic enabler.

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"?

There were benefits to the old system, but it did exclude those who wished to have a secular option.

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