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States not managing its assets efficiently, according to report

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Jersey's Audit Office say that the States are not managing its assets efficiently or effectively.

A report into the management of some of the land and buildings it owns has revealed that many of the objectives established in 2005 to maintain them, has not been achieved.

Jersey Property Holdings have a portfolio of 500 operational buildings which are valued up to £1billion.

The States has a budget of £12million to maintain them.

The review did not include Andium Homes, Ports of Jersey and the States of Jersey Development Company.

The Comptroller and Auditor General, has said many recommendations presented over a decade ago, had not been secured and meant the benefits of better managing its properties had not been achieved.

She also went onto say that she was concerned about plans for a new States office building.

I am concerned, for example, that the proposals for a new, fit for purpose, main office building for the States, although backed by a compelling business case, took too long to develop and have stalled due to lack of an agreement on funding.

– Karen McConnell Comptroller and Auditor General

However the report did commend the Chief Executive's Target Operating Model, which aims to adopt a corporate management style of the buildings.

In response, the States say they will address the issues raised in the report and have welcomed the backing for a corporate style of management.

It will enable us to consider the most efficient use of the public’s property portfolio when setting strategic targets, and a new property management system will enable us analyse the property we own and how it is used.

– States of Jersey

Despite her findings in the report, Ms McConnell says her recommendations have been "positively" received by officers and she expects "prompt and effective" changes to be made.