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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 all our resources are put in the correct

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

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wages as long as they are value for money.

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Good evening and welcome to the late news from

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Also on the rise - property sales and prices in Jersey,

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some by the highest increase ever recorded.

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

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working 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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Mike Wilkins has been looking at the figures.

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

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with around 5,000 people on its payroll.

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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 ?150,000

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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,

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high performing public sector, we don't want waste,

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Actually, I need quality people to do that.

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Otherwise we won't drive that performance.

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We need the best that 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

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into the correct places for the correct price.

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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 officers.

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But what I can give assurances on is that scrutiny

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This is the home to many civil servants in Guernsey and it appears

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States' pay has over the years been relatively unchecked.

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Those days appear to be over, especially with

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the announcement yesterday of the savings of ?7.5 million.

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The challenge now is to ensure

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The average house price in Jersey now stands at almost

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Confidence in job stability and the housing market

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has driven up prices - some by the highest

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But many young professionals are still struggling to buy

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More than 1,400 properties were sold last year,

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12% more than in 2015, making it the highest for a decade.

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A 4% hike in house prices, putting the average house now at ?468,000.

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But one area that's not doing so well is two-bedroom houses

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Not good news for Jason who's trying to sell his to buy a new home

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If we look at property prices maybe five years ago

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the places we are looking at now would have been in reach.

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But the property values have increased drastically

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and it is making it difficult I think to find the perfect home.

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And he's not the only one finding it difficult.

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Estate agents want more support for first-time buyers

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We have many properties in the ?150,000, ?170,000 price

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range which can allow people to get onto the property ladder.

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But it's the deposit, you know sometimes between ten

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and 20% deposit is needed, and that's a lot of money

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And with mortgage interest rates at an all-time low,

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it's thought the market isn't going to slow down.

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We are going to start reaching a stage where certain sectors

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of the market will see a shortage of supply.

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And when supply is exceeded by demand, that's when prices

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And we fear, and I know this is shared by estate agents

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and by professional valuers, we fear prices are going to start

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going up a bit faster perhaps than we have witnessed so far.

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So, although more properties are changing hands, it isn't always

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the home buyers have dreamt of owning.

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Police are investigating what they describe as the unexplained death

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of a man in his seventies at

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The force don't think there are any suspicious circumstances

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but emergency services spent several hours at the harbour after being

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After two days of debate, Guernsey's waste strategy has

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Deputies rejected all proposed changes, including an end

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to kerbside recycling, parish collections

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The total bill for exporting Guernsey's waste and increasing

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recycling rates is estimated to be almost ?300 million

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And there will be more on this story tomorrow morning

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on BBC Radio Guernsey with Isla Blatchford.

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Up to 1500 people in the Channel Islands could have

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been sold gas bottles that might leak.

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there's a small risk propane cylinders like these may

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They want anyone who's bought one since last March to get in touch

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Secondary school pupils in Jersey have been getting a taste

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It's all part of the charity Prison Me No Way's Crime Week

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which has been running interactive workshops.

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We sent our reporter Jon De La Haye back to school.

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It may look like a soap drama, but it carries a real message.

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These Beaulieu pupils have been learning that

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actions have consequences, with prison cells, police

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We have been learning about alcohol and drugs,

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To make sure we don't make the same mistakes

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other people have made in

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More people are going out and getting drink.

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If you do something wrong now, and if you

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are applying for a job, they

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And how it will affect you when you are older.

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And the theme of consequences runs through Crime Week.

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Aimed specifically at 12 and 13-year-olds who are at

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an important stage of life, it's hoped it'll help them

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They are at a stage in their life where they are facing challenging

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They are struggling with moving up from being a child to an

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So we think it is time in year eight to come in and

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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 have taken just one part of what ever they have

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been taught today, and if that is, I'm not

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criminality because I could get bitten by a dog, or get involved

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in drugs because the penalties and the chances

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of me getting caught are

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so high, then we have done our little bit.

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If they take home just one point, we've done our job

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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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Unfortunately, there's been a few delays and cancellations for air

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So, lets see if tomorrow will be any better,

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Kid evening. We have a real contrast today with some of us seeing mist

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and fog and visibility and elsewhere some lovely sunshine. Many have seen

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some of both. Tomorrow we are likely to see some mist and fog, more so

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during the morning and it should hopefully clear and the afternoon

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some of us getting some bright spells. Because high pressure is in

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charge it can bring dry and bright weather but equally because the ear

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is stagnant it can lead to mist and fog and that is a problem many of us

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saw today. The high pressure stays in charge over the weekend. Less of

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a problem with mist and fog but there is some weather fronts pushing

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and which could bring cloud and some rain, mostly dry, however. Through

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tonight so, some mist and for camp visibility, light winds, staying dry

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tonight and some clear spells around -- poor visibility. We could perhaps

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see a touch of ground frost. Tomorrow, risk of mist and fog at

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first. Hopefully it will lift unclear and by the afternoon some

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bright spells coming through -- left and clear. A mild day. Fairly light

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winds. These are our times of high water.

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This is the picture for the coming days. Fairly mild with light winds

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and mostly dry. Some mist and fog and a fair amount of cloud but when

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we see sunshine it should feel nice. BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey

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will have bulletins from six tomorrow morning, including

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regular travel updates. of 11. Not too bad for the

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forthcoming weekend. Here is Nick Miller with a resume of the National

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weather picture. Hello, rain for some of us today

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although it won't make much of a dent in the dry winter so far across

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much of the UK. A few threatening clouds in Cumbria but more than a

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threat of rain across the pond for Friday. The wettest weather system

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of the season is over heading into California, and there have been a

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few, with copious amounts of rain and lots of mountain snow.

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Record-breaking wet winter so far in parts of California. In Los Angeles

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this might be conservative, 50-100 millimetres of rain in a short space

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of time. A deluge on the way. This has made a bit

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