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Review to look at impact of poverty in Guernsey

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A major review of the impact and extent of poverty in Guernsey is being carried out by the government's Scrutiny Management Committee.

The committee is asking the public for their views on issues including the minimum wage, the cost of housing and healthcare, and the impact of States charges on low income households.

The focus of the review is to evaluate whether the policy and strategies are effective.

If not, then why not and what needs to done in the future.

– Deputy Peter Roffey, Vice-President of the Scrutiny Management Committee

The evidence gathered by the committee will be used to form a report, including recommendations for further action by the States to tackle the issue of poverty.

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Ronez to be sold for £45 million

Ronez in the Channel Islands is set to be sold for £45 million.

The firm has 76 staff in Guernsey, 53 in Jersey and 24 roving employees, but officials say the takeover of the quarrying and building material firm will not put jobs at risk.

Ronez supplies construction materials and services from St John’s Quarry in Jersey and Les Vardes Quarry and Vale Castle in Guernsey, as well as public and private asphalt maintenance in the islands.

SigmaRoc announced its acquisition this morning and the deal will be put to shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting in January 2017.

Ronez is an iconic Channel Islands’ brand; it is excellent to be able to make this acquisition with dominantly Channel Islands investors and provide an exciting future for the staff. We will be retaining all staff and management under managing director Mike Osborne.

– Max Vermorken, SigmaRoc Chief Executive Officer
St John's Quarry, Jersey

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Mont Orgueil Castle needs new caretaker

Mont Orgueil Castle in Gorey needs a new caretaker to take over the general running of the 800 year old building.

Jobs will include opening the gates, raising the flag, and climbing more than 200 stairs every day.

You can apply for the role here.

Our reporter, Daniel Skipp, has been to see what it takes to be the keeper of the castle...

Drop in unemployment in Jersey

There's been a drop in unemployment in Jersey, with 80 people finding jobs in November.

1,310 islanders were registered as Actively Seeking Work last month, 180 lower than November 2015.

Around a fifth of those had been job hunting for a year or more.

Meanwhile, just less than a third of islanders on the register were doing some form of paid work but, due to factors like a low number of hours, have been classified as being 'underemployed.'

1,310
islanders registered as Actively Seeking Work in November
180
fewer people on the register than the same month a year ago.
Figures show the jobless total fell by 80 in November Credit: Jersey States Statistics Dept.

Newspaper job cuts to affect 'pillar of island society'

The Jersey Evening Post has been described as 'a pillar of island society' this afternoon, by a local historian.

But despite their place in history, the islands' local newspapers face an uncertain future - after it was announced that staff could be made redundant.

The cuts are also likely to impact employees of the Guernsey Press, although it is not yet known how many people are set to lose their jobs.

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