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Govt Work Plan and States Accounts


Govt Work Plan

This year’s iteration of the Government Work Plan (GWP) is billed as a ‘reset’, coming as it does after the States rejected all of the options in the Tax Review debate in February.

It is also a Green Paper (rule 17(9)). That is, it’s a discussion paper only, with no amendments allowed. The true debate has been pushed back to September. That’s when funding for the GWP will be agreed, together with the plan for Capital Prioritisation.

At this preliminary stage, the States is being asked to agree a new structure for the GWP, centred around three strategic portfolios:

– Public service resilience, security and governance
– Plan for sustainable healthcare services
– Grow economic competitiveness

A good starting point is the GWP summary on the Our Future ( Government Work Plan page. Plus the analysis of major funding requirements from the policy paper, reproduced below (click to enlarge):









The full GWP policy paper is HERE.

Unlike 2021 and 2022, there is no Monitoring Report setting out progress on the Plan so far. That will come in 2024.

Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be an easy way of comparing this GWP with the last one. The 2022 policy paper, amendments etc are here.

If it would help to have a reminder of what happened with the Tax Review in February and the projects that emerged from it, there’s a good Our Future ( Tax Review summary here.

P&R have submitted an additional policy paper covering existing propositions that they would now like to rescind because they are no longer necessary, and setting out the priorities for legislation in this States term.


States Accounts 2022

The States accounts for 2022 show a loss of £135m. That sounds terrible but it needs deconstructing. The operating loss (what the States received in income minus what it paid out in salaries and other expenditure) was £3m. Still not good, much better to be in profit, but not £135m negative.

There are several reasons for the £135m figure:

– Guernsey’s investments made a 11.6% loss in a difficult year for the markets (-£89m).

– P&R are going through a gradual transition process to make the island’s accounts meet international accounting standards (IPSAS). That means they’ve included depreciation for the first time this year (-£29m).

– Social Security funds have been included for the first time (-£13m).



The accounts for the States Trading Assets are separate to the main accounts. All the relevant links are here:

States Accounts 2022
Ports Accounts 2022
Guernsey Water Accounts 2022
Guernsey Dairy Accounts 2022
States Works Accounts 2022
Guernsey Waste Accounts 2022

The equivalent set for 2021 are listed here.



Editor: A plan for spending – or raising even more money (13 Jun, Guernsey Press)

Digard: Future Guernsey: the tax and spenders have won it (23 Jun, Guernsey Press)

Black hole now £135m. after investments take big hit (27 Jun, Guernsey Press)

Sloan: Just how bad is it anyway? (29 Jun, Guernsey Press)

Camp: In search of the black hole (30 Jun, Guernsey Press)

Digard: Black hole star-gazing (7 Jul, Guernsey Press)

GPEG‘s quick commentary

Letter from Nicolas Moss: States financial situation is nowhere near as dire as some might say (11 Jul, Guernsey Press)

Hemans: Underlining “the difficulty of evaluating the States’ financial position” (19 Jul, Bailiwick Express)









Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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