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Big increase in those earning big pay in Guernsey's civil service.
It is just making sure that all our resources are put into the correct
places for the correct price. I have no qualms about paying for the wages
as long as they are value for money. Some by the highest
increase ever recorded. And Jersey school children swap
the classroom for the prison cell. And we have got high pressure in
charge of our weather which can mean dry and bright conditions but can
also bring mist and fog. Join me later in the programme to find out
how the weather is going to behave as we head for the weekend.
There's been a 40% increase in the number of people working
for the States Of Guernsey earning more than ?70,000.
Figures reveal the increase happened between 2010 and 2015.
The Government says it needs the best staff
The States Of Guernsey is the island's biggest employer,
In 2015, its wage bill was more than ?240,000.
When we look at staff pay bands, in 2010 there were 174 people
Five years later, that figure had shot up to 261
And when we peer even higher up the pay scale,
there were five people earning between ?150 and ?170,000.
In 2015, that has shot up to 20 people.
The States Chief Executive says he needs to spend to save.
People talk to me about, we want a lean public sector, high performing
public sector, we don't want waste, we want our pound spent well.
Actually, I need quality people to do that. Otherwise we won't drive
that performance. We need the best we need. But no more than we need.
This deputy is keeping a close eye on where taxpayers'
She says any increase in pay costs must represent value for money.
It is just making sure that all our resources are put into the correct
places for the correct price. I have no qualms about paying people good
wages but as long as they are value for money.
The Chief Executive admits the States hasn't necessarily
kept the closest of eyes on staff pay.
Clearly, I don't think there has been a really good restraint and
discipline and scrutiny on where we have been employing offices. But I
can give lectures on is that scrutiny is now therefore every
single job that we apply for. This is the home to many civil
servants in Guernsey and it appears states pay has over the years been
relatively unchecked. Those days appear to be over especially with
the announcement yesterday of the savings of ?7.5 million. The
challenge now is to ensure savings every year.
Mike Wilkins. Attempts in Guernsey to bring an end
to kerbside recycling, parish collections and recycling
targets have all been rejected. Deputies are debating
whether to proceed with controversial plans to export some
of its waste to Sweden The total bill for dealing
with an off-island solution is estimated to be almost ?300m
for the next 20 years. Police are investigating what they
describe as the unexplained death of a man in his seventies
at St Helier's Old They say there aren't any suspicious
circumstances at this time, Emergency services spent
several hours at the scene after being called there
at lunchtime. The average house price in Jersey
now stands at almost ?470,000, Confidence in job stability
and the housing market has driven up prices,
some by the highest But many young professionals
are still struggling to buy, More than 1,400 properties
were sold last year, 12% more than in 2015,
making it the highest for a decade. A 4% hike in house prices, putting
the average house now at ?468,000. But one area that's not doing
so well is two-bedroom houses Not good news for Jason who's trying
to sell his to buy a new home If we look at property prices
maybe five years ago The places we are looking at now
would have been in reach. But the property values have
increased drastically and it is making it difficult
I think to find the perfect home. And he's not the only one
finding it difficult. Estate agents want more support
for first-time buyers We have many properties
in the ?150,000, ?170,000 price range which can allow people to get
onto the property ladder. But it's the deposit,
you know sometimes between ten and 20% deposit is needed,
and that's a lot of money And with mortgage interest
rates at an all-time low, it's thought the market isn't
going to slow down. We are going to start reaching
a stage where certain sectors of the market will see
a shortage of supply. And when supply is exceeded
by demand, that's when prices And we fear, and I know this
is shared by estate agents and by professional valuers,
we fear prices are going to start going up a bit faster perhaps
than we have witnessed so far. So, although more properties
are changing hands, it isn't always the home buyers have
dreamt of owning. Now, a brief look at some of
the other stories making the news. Up to 1,500 people in
the Channel Islands could have been a small risk propane
cylinders like these may They want anyone who's bought one
since last March to get in touch Retailers in Guernsey
are being warned against fraudsters who are targeting online
or telephone card sales They use a stolen or cloned credit
card, then someone else goes into the shop in person and tries
to collect the items. The States Of Jersey have
given their approval to start the process of repealing the law
linking the island to the EU. It's expected the UK
will announce its intention to trigger the process
of leaving next month. Members agreed to let ministers
start work on removing the 1973 law that extends parts of the UK's
membership to Jersey. There's a call for Sark to work more
closely with Guernsey Industry bosses met to discuss
the outlook and heard the islands should pool their resources
and promote the Channel Islands Secondary school students in Jersey
have been getting a taste of what it's like to be
in a prison cell. It's all part of Prison Me No Way
Crime Week which has been running We sent our reporter
Jon De La Haye back to school. It may look like a soap drama,
but it carries a real message. These Beaulieu pupils
have been learning that actions have consequences,
with prison cells, police We have been learning about alcohol
and drugs, and prison and police. To make sure we don't make the same
mistakes other people have made in the past.
More people are going out and getting junk.
So you don't make bad decisions. If you do something wrong now, and
if you are applying for a job, they can see that. And how it will affect
you when you are older. And the theme of consequences
runs through Crime Week. Aimed specifically at 12
and 13-year-olds who are at an important stage of life,
it's hoped it'll help them They are at a stage in their life
where they are facing challenging decisions. They are struggling with
moving up from being a child to an adolescent. So we think it is time
in year eight to you come in and reinforce those key messages.
Now in its 11th year, the Crime Week messages
are delivered through demonstrations by police officers and fire
If the kids go home and had taken just one part of what ever they have
been taught today, and if that is, I'm not going to get involved in
criminal and seat because I could get bitten by a dog, or get involved
in drugs because the penalties and the chances of me getting caught are
so high, then we have done our little bit.
This Prison Me No Way campaign has been touring round Jersey's
And the hope is that, by spending time with youngsters now,
they won't be spending too long with them in the future.
Well, it all started so well, blue skies and sunshine.
But then the mist and fog rolled causing delays for air travellers.
Holly, can you see the Channel Islands on your radar?
Yes, unfortunately we have had problems with mist and fog today,
brought by high-pressure, bringing poor visibility, this photo from our
weather watcher earlier today. That contrasts sharply with other parts
of the region where we saw sunshine coming through, this is Guernsey.
A mixed picture, a contrast. Tomorrow, more of the same.
Hopefully more of the bright spells, the mist and fog will lift and
break. It should stay dry tomorrow. High-pressure means it will be
stagnant, staying in place over the weekend. Less of a problem with mist
and fog. A little rain at times. Overnight, mist and fog at times.
Poor visibility. Light winds, staying dry.
Some clear spells. These are the typical temperatures.
Some ground frost may be. Tomorrow morning, some of us can expect to
see mist and fog to begin the day. The risk of seeing that. It will
clear, some brightness coming through especially in the afternoon.
It is mild, highs of 10 degrees, a dry day as well.
These are our times of high water. This is the picture out at sea,
mainly a south-easterly direction, there's winds. Any fog patches will
reduce visibility. Over the coming days, fairly
settled, some mist and fog, less of a problem at the weekend. A little
bit of rain, mostly dry, light winds.
Those weather watcher pictures were amazing. Please go to our website. A
quick reminder of our top story in the Channel Islands, a 40% increase
in the number of people working for the States Of Guernsey earning more
than ?70,000, the increase happened between 2010 and 2015, but the
Government says it needs the best staff and that comes at a cost.
That's all from us. Plans for 185 houses and apartments
at the former Dorchester Prison Planning permission for housing
at the site was initially refused last August following concerns
from nearby residents. But today a revised application
for fewer homes was passed.