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Politician says changes to Guernsey-Alderney relationship necessary

Accounts for 2017 show a deficit of £6.8m Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey's government is carrying out a review into the so-called 1948 Agreement.

In 1948 Guernsey took control of many of Alderney's services after the island was largely destroyed during World War Two.

They say the islands have changed in the 70 years since the union was formed and with a deficit of £6.8 million incurred in 2017, it's time to look at whether this relationship is sustainable.

I don't think Guernsey has an obligation for the next 1,000 years to always subsidise Alderney and that's where we need to have this discussion and if we are going to carry on the relationship perhaps there are some changes that will make it more beneficial to Guernsey.

– Deputy Al Brouard, Guernsey States

Accounts published by Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee for 2017 show income from Alderney amounted to just over £11.1 million but the cost of services amounted to just under £18 million leaving a deficit of £6.8 million.

Alderney's government have decided not to comment on the review at this stage.