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Ceremony remembers Holocaust victims in Jersey

Wreaths and flowers have been laid at a ceremony in Jersey to commemorate 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz and Holocaust Memorial Day.

During the Occupation, about 13,000 people from Jersey and Guernsey were sent to prison for acts of resistance against the Germans. Of them, around 250 islanders were sent on to Nazi prisons or concentration camps.

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Donkey statue plans kicked out

Credit: John W. Mills

Plans for a 12-foot statue of a donkey at the Castle Breakwater in Guernsey have been thrown out by politicians.

But some deputies did have praise for the idea and suggested it could work at a different location. Planners say the breakwater is an historic and unique structure within the Conservation Area.

They also worried the statue could block views to the lighthouse.

Supporters of the project are now considering submitting fresh plans for a different site in St Peter Port.

Credit: John W. Mills

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Number of islanders over 65 will double in 20 years

Jersey’s current economic funding is not sustainable. It’s because over the next 20 years, the number of islanders over 65 will double, and there will be nearly three times as many people over 85.

That means with with fewer people working and therefore paying tax, there will be more demands of the island’s health and pension systems.

The findings are part of the government's proposed Strategic Priorities for 2015 - 2018.

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So how will Jersey pay for its three year vision?

Jersey’s government has said they will have to look at ways to save money and fund its new island plan.

They have set out their Strategic Priorities for 2015 - 2018, which include the four key areas for improvement as health, education, financial growth and St Helier. But as yet, don't know how they will fund it.

We'll have to look at efficiencies and savings and we'll have to grow the economy.

We have to decide how we're going to deliver for health, in a sustainable way. And some of those things may not be easy but we've got to have a conversation, we've got to address these issues.

– Senator Ian Gorst, Chief Minister, Jersey

Adult respite care in Jersey to be examined

A review is to be undertaken into adult respite care in Jersey.

The Health and Social Security Panel will assess whether there is sufficient care provision for adults in the island.

In 2012, the previous Panel conducted a review of respite care for children and young adults which flagged up a number of failings within the system.

One of its main findings was that families caring for children with severe physical or mental disabilities have had to contend with a sometimes erratic and unpredictable respite service.

The Panel are keen to hear from those who have experience of respite care within the adult service and want to encourage people to send written submissions to the Scrutiny Office.

We will be reviewing the current provision of respite services for adults in order to understand whether they are fit for purpose, and whether any improvements within the service are required.

As part of the review, we will also be looking at what work opportunities are available to disabled or vulnerable adults so that they are valued and fulfil a role.

This review is a natural follow-on from the previous Panels review of respite care for children and young adults in 2012.

We hope to speak to a number of adult respite users and providers in the coming weeks. We also hope to speak to those who participated in experienced the transition from children's to adult's services.

– Deputy Richard Renouf, Chairman of the Panel
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