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Government Work Plan 2021 - Stage 2 

Introduction

The States has just decided the Island’s priorities for the next four years. 

The first outline stage of the process was in March. Stage 2 was published on 16 June 2021 and was debated at the States meeting that started on Wednesday 21 July. States media release.

Prioritisation exercises are common in the States – in the past you may have heard of the P&R Plan or the States Strategic Plan. But this version, called the Government Work Plan, is particularly significant and worthy of everyone’s attention because it comes directly after the upheaval and financial impact of both Covid-19 and Brexit and involves borrowing a further £200m.

What’s included in the Government Work Plan (and what’s left out) will have a material impact on all of our lives. Compromises and difficult decisions have been made to agree a Plan that is achievable and affordable, yet ambitious enough to kickstart Guernsey’s recovery.

We created this resource page to help you follow the Government Work Plan as it developed, and have updated it regularly with links to relevant documents, videos and media articles. Because we’re Women in Public Life, we’ve paid particular attention to the involvement of female Deputies to give you an idea of what you could expect if you were elected to serve your Island.

Deputy Heidi Soulsby, the Vice-President of Policy and Resources, leads the Government Work Plan project. She explained Stage 1 of the Plan to the IoD in March and you can watch a recording at the top of this page.

Go to iod.gg for more events and webinar recordings.
What's in the Plan?

This is the ‘plan on a page’ summary of Stage 2.

The Billet containing the full Plan is HERE.

Amendments

Policy and Resources has led the development of the Plan, with the input of all of the committees of the States. But no matter how collaborative the process, there were still aspects that Deputies want to change or add. They did this by lodging amendments – these were debated first.

Twelve amendments to the Plan were submitted altogether but Amendment 10 (WON) and Amendment 11 (WON) were on technicalities so there were ten significant ones. View official list of amendments.

Two of the ten amendments were led by Deputy Sasha Kazantseva-Miller. Amendment 3, seconded by Deputy Yvonne Burford, related to the way in which the GWP workstreams will be managed. P&R wants to create a standardised governance structure for each workstream. Sasha and Yvonne believe that committees already have well-established ways of managing significant workstreams so P&R’s new structure isn’t necessary. LOST 13-23.

In Amendment 7, Sasha and her seconder, Deputy Gavin St Pier, proposed that the States should not agree to borrow a further £200m until it is clearer what direction the Assembly wants to take on taxation in the future. A review of Guernsey’s taxation system is due for debate in September 2021. LOST 9-27.

In Amendment 8, Deputy Lindsay De Sausmarez wanted to reinstate the review of the delivery of Primary Education as a priority during the life of the Plan. Her amendment was seconded by Deputy Steve Falla. LOST 10-27.

Lindsay also seconded an important amendment in relation to closing Guernsey’s Gender Pay Gap. The Plan puts legislation for Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value on the back burner, not to be worked on until 2026. Amendment 2, led by Deputy Peter Roffey, sought to bring that start point forward to 2022/23, arguing that it make sense to do the policy work at the same time as replacing Guernsey’s Sex Discrimination in Employment Ordinance. LOST 18-19.

In total, Deputy Yvonne Burford seconded three amendments. As well as Sasha’s governance amendment (3, see above), she also backed Deputy Gavin St Pier’s proposals that (a) initiatives such as public private partnerships should come back to the States for approval (Amendment 5) LOST 15-23 and (b) P&R should be able to approve capital projects up to £10m, rather than the unlimited sum proposed (Amendment 6). LOST 18-20.

LATE AMENDMENT

As the proposing committee, P&R are allowed to lodge amendments at any time. One such late amendment, seconded by Deputy Heidi Soulsby, was a compromise proposal in relation to funding for drugs for cancer and other serious conditions, referred to as ‘NICE TAs’. In January 2020 the States agreed to fund drugs with an ICER of £30,000, going up to £40,000 after a review. Guernsey’s financial circumstances have changed since then so the GWP delays that review until 2026. Amendment 12 was in response to Amendment 1 (see below) and would have brought that review forward to 12 months after the roll-out of NICE TAs with an ICER of £30,000. LOST 17-20.

In addition to the seven amendments proposed or seconded by female Deputies, there were three further amendments:
 
Amendment 1 – to fund drugs with an ICER of £40,000 in this States term (Roffey/Queripel). LOST 21-17
Amendment 4 – to reinstate the review of palliative and end of life care as a priority for this States term (St Pier/Roberts). WON 23-13.
Amendment 9 – to make ‘replacing CCTV systems’ a pipeline project to be scoped in this States term (Prow/Vermeulen). WON, no recorded vote.
 
PROPOSITIONS
 
The Government Work Plan passed the States on the afternoon of Friday 23 July 2021. All of the propositions (as amended) were agreed, mostly by large majorities. The largest resistance was to Proposition 14, with 17 Deputies voting ‘contre’. List of amended propositions.
 
Details of the voting are currently laid out on the govgg Twitter feed and the States meeting page will be updated with the recorded votes shortly.

 

Links to media articles

Guernsey Press 17 June 2021:

‘Recovery actions run through every thread’.

‘States needs to borrow £200m for Work Plan’.

‘It’s for all States members to own the plan’.

‘Work Plan could make life tough for deputies’.

Guernsey Press 21 June 2021:

‘Life-saving drug campaigners unhappy P&R wants to stall’.

‘States exposed by unfunded health promises’.

Guernsey Press 22 June 2021

‘Better access to drugs ‘will help thousands of islanders”

Bailiwick Express 25 June 2021

‘Government u-turn puts Guernsey Dairy on shaky ground’.

ITV Channel TV 16 July 2021

Now is the time’ for a Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Guernsey Press 18 July 2021

ESS president hits back at think tank’s criticism‘.

Guernsey Press 19 July 2021

Government’s failure to plan puts North at risk‘.

Bailiwick Express 20 July 2021

Deputy wants review of end of life care prioritised‘.

Island’s CCTV systems “at risk if failure”‘.

Guernsey Press 20 July 2021

What’s in the Plan?‘ (opinion piece by Deputy Gavin St Pier)

Government Work Plan should lead to tangible action, says Soulsby‘.

Six-minute States‘ podcast – preview of the GWP debate.

Guernsey Press 21 July 2021

Our safety trumps any work plan‘.

Six-minute States‘ podcast – first day of the GWP debate.

Bailiwick Express 21 July 2021

10 years or more for Equal Pay for work of Equal Value‘.

P&R ready to “roll up sleeves” following Douzaine’s condemnation‘.

Guernsey Press 22 July 2021

Tackling housing top of Work Plan’s priorities‘.

660 spare places in our primary schools‘.

Six-minute States‘ podcast – day two of the GWP debate.

Bailiwick Express 22 July 2021

Attempt to prioritise primary review “wins the argument but loses the vote”‘.

End-of-life-care set to be re-prioritised‘.

Guernsey Press 23 July 2021

Nice drugs roll-out set to continue as planned‘.

‘Higher taxes warning – ‘we have no choice”.

Bailiwick Express 23 July 2021

States agree to continue with NICE drugs funding‘.

Six-minute States‘ podcast – final day of the GWP debate.

 

Photos courtesy of the Guernsey Press
Follow the debate

Timing

The Government Work Plan – Stage 2 debate will start at 9.30am on Wednesday 21 July and will continue through Thursday and Friday.
 

How to watch/listen

The best way to watch the debate is in person, sitting in the Public Gallery at the Royal Court. For a step-by-step guide to using the Gallery, click here.

Alternatively, you can listen on the radio by tuning to 1116AM (medium wave). Or listen online on the BBC Guernsey website – just search for ‘BBC States of Guernsey Live’.

Or you can listen on the States website. This is particularly useful if you are busy during the day and want to access a recording later. Go to the States Meeting Information Index.  Choose the date of the meeting you are interested in and then ‘Watch the States meeting online’.

Join us!

Members of Women in Public Life will be in the Gallery and listening in from home on 21 July. To be added to our Politics WhatsApp group, send your name and phone number to hello@womeninpubliclife.gg. We’ll keep you up to date with arrangements for the Gallery visit  and you can share thoughts and questions with other interested folk during the debate.

 

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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: data.ipu.org) 

Are you from South Africa? Please email hello@womeninpubliclife.gg 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. 

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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: data.ipu.org) 

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

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