Guernsey's States has managed to end 2017 with a surplus of more than £23 million, according to estimated figures.Read the full story ›
But the current Culture and Leisure Minister says it's important not to dilute the service provided by departments that are merged.Read the full story ›
New plans released today suggest a full restructure of the States of Guernsey.
The States Review Committee has proposed reducing the number of Deputies from 45 to 38, and replacing the current departments with six committees:
- Committee for Economic Development
- Committee for Education, Sport and Culture
- Committee for Employment, Housing and Social Security
- Committee for Environment and Infrastructure
- Committee for Health and Social Care
- Committee for Home Affairs
All Committees would be made up of five States members, and up to two non-members.
The States Review Committee says this would save around £1 million every year, by reducing the States' salary bill.
Revealed today, the plan would reduce the number of Deputies, and replace departments with committees.Read the full story ›
That amendment is approved so Education will at least have a key role in the review into their own plans for La Mare.
Parents at La Mare have told ITV News the school desperately needs a revamp.
7-year-old Ocean says the ceilings are always leaking.
A new amendment is in play: to ensure Education are involved in the La Mare rebuild review, and States get final say once it's done.
The States will carry out an independent review into plans for the redevelopment of La Mare De Carteret schools.
The Education Department warned the review could mean a delay.
Even if the programme is only held up by a matter of weeks, Education believe it may have to shift the entire rebuild to the following school year.
The department had hoped to have the new school ready to take students by 2017.
But the States were concerned the current plans were too expensive, and included more capacity for students than would be needed.
Having agreed to the review, which was put forward as an amendment, deputies still need to cast a final vote approving the rebuild pending that review.
The independent review will assess if the rebuild plans offer value for money and a report will return to the States in February next year.
Students and teachers at La Mare de Carteret will find out today if their school will undergo redevelopment.
Guernsey States have been debating the proposed £60m rebuild and should decide today if they think the project is value for money.
As the States began their debate yesterday more than 400 letters from pupils at the school were handed to the politicians to urge them to give the redevelopment the go-ahead.
The new plans include a club-level competition indoor sports hall and a new centre for autism support service on the island, along with the new school facilities.