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Big increase in those earning big pay in Guernsey's civil service.

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It is just making sure that all our resources are put into the correct

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places for the correct price. I have no qualms about paying for the wages

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as long as they are value for money. Some by the highest

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increase ever recorded. And Jersey school children swap

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the classroom for the prison cell. And we have got high pressure in

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charge of our weather which can mean dry and bright conditions but can

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also bring mist and fog. Join me later in the programme to find out

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how the weather is going to behave as we head for the weekend.

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There's been a 40% increase in the number of people working

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for the States Of Guernsey earning more than ?70,000.

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Figures reveal the increase happened between 2010 and 2015.

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The Government says it needs the best staff

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The States Of Guernsey is the island's biggest employer,

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In 2015, its wage bill was more than ?240,000.

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When we look at staff pay bands, in 2010 there were 174 people

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Five years later, that figure had shot up to 261

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And when we peer even higher up the pay scale,

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there were five people earning between ?150 and ?170,000.

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In 2015, that has shot up to 20 people.

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The States Chief Executive says he needs to spend to save.

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People talk to me about, we want a lean public sector, high performing

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public sector, we don't want waste, we want our pound spent well.

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Actually, I need quality people to do that. Otherwise we won't drive

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that performance. We need the best we need. But no more than we need.

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This deputy is keeping a close eye on where taxpayers'

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She says any increase in pay costs must represent value for money.

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It is just making sure that all our resources are put into the correct

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places for the correct price. I have no qualms about paying people good

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wages but as long as they are value for money.

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The Chief Executive admits the States hasn't necessarily

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kept the closest of eyes on staff pay.

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Clearly, I don't think there has been a really good restraint and

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discipline and scrutiny on where we have been employing offices. But I

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can give lectures on is that scrutiny is now therefore every

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single job that we apply for. This is the home to many civil

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servants in Guernsey and it appears states pay has over the years been

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relatively unchecked. Those days appear to be over especially with

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the announcement yesterday of the savings of ?7.5 million. The

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challenge now is to ensure savings every year.

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Mike Wilkins. Attempts in Guernsey to bring an end

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to kerbside recycling, parish collections and recycling

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targets have all been rejected. Deputies are debating

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whether to proceed with controversial plans to export some

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of its waste to Sweden The total bill for dealing

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with an off-island solution is estimated to be almost ?300m

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for the next 20 years. Police are investigating what they

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describe as the unexplained death of a man in his seventies

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at St Helier's Old They say there aren't any suspicious

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circumstances at this time, Emergency services spent

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several hours at the scene after being called there

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at lunchtime. The average house price in Jersey

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now stands at almost ?470,000, Confidence in job stability

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and the housing market has driven up prices,

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some by the highest But many young professionals

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are still struggling to buy, More than 1,400 properties

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were sold last year, 12% more than in 2015,

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making it the highest for a decade. A 4% hike in house prices, putting

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the average house now at ?468,000. But one area that's not doing

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so well is two-bedroom houses Not good news for Jason who's trying

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to sell his to buy a new home If we look at property prices

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maybe five years ago The places we are looking at now

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would have been in reach. But the property values have

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increased drastically and it is making it difficult

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I think to find the perfect home. And he's not the only one

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finding it difficult. Estate agents want more support

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for first-time buyers We have many properties

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in the ?150,000, ?170,000 price range which can allow people to get

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onto the property ladder. But it's the deposit,

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you know sometimes between ten and 20% deposit is needed,

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and that's a lot of money And with mortgage interest

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rates at an all-time low, it's thought the market isn't

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going to slow down. We are going to start reaching

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a stage where certain sectors of the market will see

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a shortage of supply. And when supply is exceeded

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by demand, that's when prices And we fear, and I know this

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is shared by estate agents and by professional valuers,

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we fear prices are going to start going up a bit faster perhaps

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than we have witnessed so far. So, although more properties

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are changing hands, it isn't always the home buyers have

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dreamt of owning. Now, a brief look at some of

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the other stories making the news. Up to 1,500 people in

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the Channel Islands could have been a small risk propane

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cylinders like these may They want anyone who's bought one

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since last March to get in touch Retailers in Guernsey

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are being warned against fraudsters who are targeting online

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or telephone card sales They use a stolen or cloned credit

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card, then someone else goes into the shop in person and tries

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to collect the items. The States Of Jersey have

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given their approval to start the process of repealing the law

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linking the island to the EU. It's expected the UK

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will announce its intention to trigger the process

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of leaving next month. Members agreed to let ministers

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start work on removing the 1973 law that extends parts of the UK's

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membership to Jersey. There's a call for Sark to work more

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closely with Guernsey Industry bosses met to discuss

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the outlook and heard the islands should pool their resources

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and promote the Channel Islands Secondary school students in Jersey

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have been getting a taste of what it's like to be

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in a prison cell. It's all part of Prison Me No Way

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Crime Week which has been running We sent our reporter

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Jon De La Haye back to school. It may look like a soap drama,

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but it carries a real message. These Beaulieu pupils

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have been learning that actions have consequences,

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with prison cells, police We have been learning about alcohol

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and drugs, and prison and police. To make sure we don't make the same

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mistakes other people have made in the past.

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More people are going out and getting junk.

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So you don't make bad decisions. If you do something wrong now, and

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if you are applying for a job, they can see that. And how it will affect

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you when you are older. And the theme of consequences

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runs through Crime Week. Aimed specifically at 12

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and 13-year-olds who are at an important stage of life,

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it's hoped it'll help them They are at a stage in their life

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where they are facing challenging decisions. They are struggling with

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moving up from being a child to an adolescent. So we think it is time

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in year eight to you come in and reinforce those key messages.

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Now in its 11th year, the Crime Week messages

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are delivered through demonstrations by police officers and fire

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If the kids go home and had taken just one part of what ever they have

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been taught today, and if that is, I'm not going to get involved in

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criminal and seat because I could get bitten by a dog, or get involved

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in drugs because the penalties and the chances of me getting caught are

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so high, then we have done our little bit.

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This Prison Me No Way campaign has been touring round Jersey's

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And the hope is that, by spending time with youngsters now,

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they won't be spending too long with them in the future.

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Well, it all started so well, blue skies and sunshine.

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But then the mist and fog rolled causing delays for air travellers.

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Holly, can you see the Channel Islands on your radar?

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Yes, unfortunately we have had problems with mist and fog today,

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brought by high-pressure, bringing poor visibility, this photo from our

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weather watcher earlier today. That contrasts sharply with other parts

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of the region where we saw sunshine coming through, this is Guernsey.

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A mixed picture, a contrast. Tomorrow, more of the same.

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Hopefully more of the bright spells, the mist and fog will lift and

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break. It should stay dry tomorrow. High-pressure means it will be

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stagnant, staying in place over the weekend. Less of a problem with mist

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and fog. A little rain at times. Overnight, mist and fog at times.

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Poor visibility. Light winds, staying dry.

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Some clear spells. These are the typical temperatures.

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Some ground frost may be. Tomorrow morning, some of us can expect to

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see mist and fog to begin the day. The risk of seeing that. It will

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clear, some brightness coming through especially in the afternoon.

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It is mild, highs of 10 degrees, a dry day as well.

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These are our times of high water. This is the picture out at sea,

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mainly a south-easterly direction, there's winds. Any fog patches will

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reduce visibility. Over the coming days, fairly

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settled, some mist and fog, less of a problem at the weekend. A little

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bit of rain, mostly dry, light winds.

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Those weather watcher pictures were amazing. Please go to our website. A

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quick reminder of our top story in the Channel Islands, a 40% increase

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in the number of people working for the States Of Guernsey earning more

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than ?70,000, the increase happened between 2010 and 2015, but the

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Government says it needs the best staff and that comes at a cost.

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That's all from us. Plans for 185 houses and apartments

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at the former Dorchester Prison Planning permission for housing

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at the site was initially refused last August following concerns

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from nearby residents. But today a revised application

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for fewer homes was passed.

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