First sitting of the New Year for Jersey's States

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First sitting of the New Year for Jersey's States

Post by GD on Tue 15 Jan 2013, 5:03 pm

Today is Jersey States first sitting of the New Year.

But, what looked like a busy day, seems less likely now. Many items have been put off.

These include potentially lengthy debates on a deposit loans scheme for first time house buyers, and a committee of inquiry into historic child abuse.

It is not clear what will become of the other major debate - States members' pay.

In the past there has been a great deal of criticism about politicians deciding their own pay, so an independent panel was set up.

This year they are suggesting politicians get an extra 818. But, St Saviour Constable Sadie Rennard wants a debate. She says given the current economic climate, members should turn down the increase.

Others though disagree about holding a debate. They claim members should not discuss pay at all, and should simply not take the money or donate it to charity instead.

A few weeks ago, we held a survey of all States members, click here to find out who said they would take the pay increase.

Aside from public business there are more than 30 questions. These range from Deputy Roy Le Herissier on how many 'J cats' have been issued over the past five years; Deputy Gerard Baudains on how many people use the island's cycle lanes; and Constable Phil Rondel on why the new bus timetables were not printed in the island.

......THE BOSS......

"Always be yourself because the people who mind don't matter, and the people who matter don't mind"


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