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Population Management & the Open Market Housing Register - myths and misinformation
Thursday 23 March 2017

In recent weeks, information has been circulating in the community about the implications of the introduction of the new Population Management Law and the new Open Market Housing Register Law. Some of the information has the potential to mislead, as it provides only a partial view of the facts, in other cases, the information is inaccurate.

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The Policy & Resources Committee welcomes the House of Lords' EU Committee on Brexit and the Crown Dependencies.
Thursday 23 March 2017

The House of Lords' European Union Committee have today published a report on Brexit and the Crown Dependencies following its recent inquiry.

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Vehicle width restriction in Rue de Bas is to become permanent
Wednesday 22 March 2017

Following a successful trial period, the 6 feet (1.8m) temporary width restriction for motor vehicles using Rue de Bas, St Sampsons, except for those vehicles that need to gain access to premises, will become permanent.

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Public finances returned to surplus in 2016 - for the first time since 2008.

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Deputy Gavin St Pier, President of the Policy & Resources Committee, updated the States Assembly this morning on the year-end financial position, comparing that public finances ended 2016 with a £15m surplus.

In June last year, a budget deficit of £10m to £15m was estimated for 2016. At that time, Deputy St Pier outlined a series of measures put in place to seek to balance the position by the end of the year. The measures included a series of expenditure controls put in place by States of Guernsey Chief Executive Paul Whitfield, including control of all vacancies; a review of overtime usage; closer control of the use of consultants; cancellation or deferral of non-pay expenditure; and the re-prioritisation of routine capital expenditure.  The Policy & Resources Committee also announced its intention to limit any further use of the Budget Reserve in year, and that it had approached the States Trading Supervisory Board to request that it consider making a return of surplus capital to General Revenue in 2016.

The measures had the desired effect and had a material impact on the year-end position. In addition, an improvement in economic conditions has also contributed to a better outturn.

The net result is that, subject to final year-end adjustments and audit, the outturn for 2016 is a surplus in the region of £15m, representing a £30m improvement on the worst case set out in June.  

Read the full statement given by the President of the Policy and Resources Committee, Deputy Gavin St Pier, by following the link in the 'useful pages' section on this page.

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