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Plans to borrow hundreds of millions of pounds for Jersey's new hospital
It is the biggest level of debt that has faced this island for many
years. It is important that scrutiny and due process is followed for
governance purposes and we have seen very recently what happens when
governance fails. A stronger Britain in
charge of it's own laws. But how will Brexit
affect local businesses? And little chapel big costs but just
how much to save one The plan to borrow hundreds
of millions of pounds to pay for Jersey's new hospital has been
thrown into question. Ministers want to fund
the project by borrowing up But the plans haven't been reviewed
by a scrutiny panel, who say they weren't
given enough time. The question of where Jersey's
new hospital should be has of course But today, the big question
and the subject of lengthy debate The budget for the new
hospital is ?466 million. Rather than funding it entirely
through the Strategic Reserve, the so-called rainy-day fund,
which currently stands The plan is to help pay for it
by borrowing up to ?400 million. This would be the biggest debt ever
taken on by the States. But the plans haven't been reviewed
by the scrutiny panel, who say they weren't
given enough time. The item that we're
debating is so important. It is important is that scrutiny go
through in the idea of Government. But the Treasury Minister says
time was of the essence. Interest rates are predicted to move
and every 0.1% increase could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds over
a 40 year period. Equally, I do support the scrutiny
process and it's regrettable that scrutiny weren't able to review
this before now. But it's not just
the lack of scrutiny. It's emerged in the past hour
or so that the plans may not Under the law, The States
can't borrow more than They've already borrowed
millions for social housing, so 400-million more to pay
for the hospital could However, there's confusion over
whether the Long Term Care Benefit If it does, the the States
taxation pot is bigger, so it could borrow enough to fund
the new hospital. So the debate's on hold
until tomorrow once the States More certainty and confidence,
that s how one Jersey company is feeling following
the Biritish Prime Theresa May has been
answering questions today following her announcement
that the UK will leave But there's still lots
of negotiations on where the Channel Islands sit within these
plans, as Emma Chambers has What I am proposing cannot mean
membership of the single market. But it does mean more freedom
to trade, or that's what the British Its unclear if that freedom
will also be carried to the Channel Islands,
who are also not in This is a typical example
of a product where we have the bottle made in italy
and shipped from there. The foil is in Germany and the label
in the UK and the case Tim imports lots of
goods from the EU. He's distilled yesterday's
Brexit speech positively. He still has concerns and new trade
deal could cost them more. Definitely. We've already seen the
uncertainty of Brexit in the first place. Trade prices are in disarray
and we have probably seen in the markets that food ingredients have
raised by about five or 10%. We maybe don't know yet. As awhile
before that filters through. Wallace to slightly clearer, whether Channel
Islands set within these agreements have not been made.
The most important thing for us is that we maintain our existing
relationship with the UK and that's about the common travel area with
the UK, its about the customs union with the UK and they are the most
important things not only for individuals but right
And it will be the local businesses like Tim's who will be listening
closely to this to make sure all the imports in and out of the Channel
Islands will be made smoothly in the future.
A Jersey constable hopes that giving prisoners the chance to vote
in island elections will mean they're more likely to integrate
Len Norman's proposition was passed yesterday.
Now prisoners who serve four years or less for their crimes will be
The move will bring Jersey in line with most other European countries,
except the UK where prisoners still don't have the right to vote.
Going to prison is not just a matter of punishment, not just up matter of
revenge, it is also rehabilitation and education. Hopefully those who
are impacted by this we'll think about their place in society and
think about whether they're going to vote or not.
Concerns over funding for a new benefits system have been
raised at a scrutiny hearing in Guernsey.
Members of the Employment and Social Security Committee also
faced questions on pension funds, family allowances and tax
Its president says they're committed to the principle of universal
benefits rather than means-testing, but admits there are doubts over
how sustainable current funding models are.
That all has to come. That all has to be paid for. We've only got a
certain pot of money. We are under pressure to deliver more with that
money, but actually we have got a declining pot of money. So for us as
a committee, that is always the difficulty in getting that balance.
Meanwhile, an independent report's found that Jersey's social
security fund is healthy, with ?1.4 billion
to meet the costs of future pensions and benefits.
However the report written by the UK Government Actuary
also concluded that these assets will gradually be used up
But it said that action doesn't need to be taken
Fundraisers are turning to the public in a desperate bid
to save one of Guernsey's most popular tourist attractions.
Structural work on the Little Chapel has revealed its condition is much
worse than anyone thought, and the clock is ticking,
as Mark Inchley has been finding out.
In its prime it was one of Guernsey's hidden gems
But now the race is on to save it and it's proving to be a bigger
job than ever imagined, with restoration costs
One side is on rock and one side is not. The tower was completely moving
very very slowly down the hill. That was going to go. We had to start the
work immediately or there would have been trouble.
It had been hoped the roof could be saved,
but that's now had to be removed and there's concern
And that's why the group is appealing to islanders to help
raise the ?500,000 needed, something they're
We have had a wonderful coastline in Guernsey, I want of town, but also a
wonderful centre. The valleys are wonderful. This little chapel
sitting here all through the seasons is tremendous. This morning when you
came with the moon sell-outs and a little bit dark, seeing this chapel
going across the valley is lovely. But time isn't on their side
and campaigners are hoping islanders will dig deep into their pockets
to help save one of Guernsey's most Should learner drivers
in the Channel Islands have to spend more time behind the wheel before
taking their test? It's something that's
being considered in the UK. And it's an idea that's got
support locally too, So driving in Guernsey is pretty
different to the UK. Although not without
it's challenges. But pass your test here and you can
nip over and be on those bigger, And wanting that to remain the case
Guernsey tends to mimic the UK when it comes to
things like driving tests. What is important is that although
we pass our test in Guernsey in the Channel Islands we drive in the UK.
Our test has to be rigid and can parable for other areas. -- can
parable. So if plans in the UK go ahead,
to make learners spend a minimum of a many as 120 hours behind
the wheel before taking their test. This local instructor thinks
there'd be merit in the idea. You know, having a certain amount of
hours to do before they do their test is a really good idea. Some
people passed their test very quickly and I think it leaves them
open to danger on the roads with not enough knowledge, just being taught
how to do a test. That is one thing, but being able to drive properly and
have the skills to react well is another thing. In reality of
Guernsey does not want full behind and the UK decides more practice is
what learners need, then Guernsey might have to consider going for it,
too. Well, my boiler is certainly
burning the oil as the cold But will we be scraping the wind
screens in the morning? And they get well. Another frost
overnight. The figure might help these temperatures go above freezing
is a keen wind and easterly wind. It will remain with us overnight. It
will remain with us. Lovely sunrises and sunsets. This was an rise across
Guernsey which was taken by Chris, one of our weather watchers and fine
weather continues. Dry tomorrow, plenty of sunshine, but that cold
wind means you really will need to wrap up properly. There is not a
great deal of change. High pressure. Southern area of high pressure
across Central parts of Britain. That will not move too far away at
the moment. The easterly winds continuing, very similar picture
tomorrow. Not a great deal of change. Showers may be moving
through the English Channel and they will mainly Saint to the north of
us. Great deal of clear sky means that the temperatures falling and
will continue to drop and we will see some frost on the grass and the
Greens tomorrow morning. Temperatures around zero or plus
one. Cold enough for most of us first thing tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow is a lovely day until you get outside and just realise how
cold it feels that Britain is silly wind is not there to help either.
Six or 7 degrees, but because -- feel how cold is that Windows. There
is not much because the beaches will be flat. The coastal waters forecast
Eastern or suitably five but occasionally six. Fair with good
visibility. Friday, there is a bit more cloud around. The same kind of
setup. Slightly less windy on Friday. Not any warmer, five or 6
degrees. This dry spell of fine cold weather continues.
I'm dreading those winter bills coming in. The plan to borrow
hundreds of billions of pounds to pay for Jersey's new hospital has
been thrown into question. They want to borrow up to ?400 million in the
plans had not been reviewed as yet. We'll be back at eight o'clock this
evening to them. 17,500 fans are expected
to be here at Home Park tonight for the game -
many of them have made it already. But there are many many
more who won't be here - some of them are in far flung
corners of the world. I've tracked a few of them down -
from Afghanistan to the USA to Australia and New Zealand -
all members of the I will be watching in Kaboul,
Afghanistan. I'm from Perth Western Australia, here is my mum Sue and my
dad Mike, and we are all going to be watching the game against Liverpool
on Monday morning at 3:45am. I'm Claire and this is Kevin and we will
be watching from the beautiful island in Honduras. I'm going to be
watching from Mick Ugen USA. My name's Andy Soper, I'm calling from
New Zealand. I'll be watching from 5am tomorrow morning. I'm very
passionate with the North Argyll. I'd rather be there in real life.
He's the reason I'm so Argyll mad. He took me when I was seven and it
has carried on from them. How does it feel to be so far away from the
big game? It's so frustrating. One of the best feelings is to look at
the app on my mobile phone and to see the next game is Liverpool
against Plymouth Argyle. I've considered flying home on a couple
of occasions. Unfortunately, losing at Wembley. I was never able to make
it. It's a great thing that they are airing on screen here. Not only one
game, but two, and maybe three if they beat Liverpool. I've told my
mates that I won't be at golf because this is far more important.
Did you watch the first game at Anfield? We were on the edge of our
seats. They took so much pressure in the second half but they worse
magnificent. Were hoping for more of the same on Wednesday. We had a
slight problem with the electric for the last five or six minutes so we
didn't know the result until it came back on again. The one thing I miss
more than anything is the trip from hail up to Argyll. I would eat my
pasty, watch the game with my mates. Block three, C 92. It's a close
game, really exciting. At 3:45am, it's hard work. It will be a mid
afternoon kick-off for me with the time difference. Everything will be
on hold for me. Albee watching the game, really excited. Albee back in
a few weeks. I'll be home for the next round match. Can they do it?
Come on, Argyll! Such lovely people and it was fantastic to talk to them
all. If you are watching the match anywhere unusual, take a picture and
post it on our Facebook page. Keep it clean though.
Now let's see now how the managers are feeling.
The superstars landed in Devon this morning,
But how many of their big name players will be
In the first match, three players who cost Liverpool more
than ?60 million pounds between them,
were brought on to try and break the deadlock - to no avail.
The manager has no regrets, but there's a big hint
We want to win the game and go to the next round. So, you will see it.
Probably, it will be different to the team that we had in the first
game. But that's not 100% sure. Have to wait a little bit.
His opposite number has a much more simplistic approach.
You've got to go and enjoy the match. It's just another game. A
very good spectacle for everybody in the city but as a footballer, it's
11 against 11 on the park and you never know what can happen. Well
said, Derek Adams. Did you know that here in Plymouth,
Liverpool fans have a meeting place where they can go and
enjoy games together? It's Porters on the Barbican
and tonight it's welcoming new visitors who've made the trip
from Merseyside and have stopped off there for a pasty before
they come here to Home Park. Hamish Marshall has
been to meet them. The atmosphere is building here. The
flag says it all. This is where the Liverpool fans of Plymouth com to
watch the match. Some of them are able to get to home Park tonight.
Steve, you're the landlord. How big is this? Over the last two seasons
it has built and built. Whatever game is on, we have a great time.
They are nice people. You've been out of Liverpool for a while but you
are still a fan. I've been here 42 years. Supporters do a fantastic
job. It's a home from home. How's it going to go tonight? I firmly
believe it should be 3- 02. But Argyll did really well. I'm really
pleased that they got the money for the replay but I honestly think that
we'll win 3-0. Scott, what do you think will happen tonight? Any win
is fine by me. I know a lot of locals and if they win, I won't hear
the end of it. How nice would be to get home before midnight? It's
brilliant. Normally, I wouldn't be home before midnight. Tonight, taxi
home, five minutes. It's brilliant. I'm just heading up to home Park to
join you up there. But those here in the pub are going to have a
brilliant time. It sounds fantastic. There are loads of famous people
here. I've seen Steven Gerrard, Neil Warnock. I've got some more famous
people. John Houston. You are here to work for five live. Did you
expect to be here for the replay? I don't think any others expected to
be here. I have to say, you've deserved the right to be here. A
wonderful defensive display from Plymouth. Derek Adam Scott his
tactics spot on. Financially, they will be in a better place for the
replay. I feel it will push them on. League 2, second at the minute, this
is a fantastic boost for the club. Great atmosphere, isn't it? It's
brilliant. A pleasure to be here. Not only the Argyle fans. The
Liverpool fans. People have spent a whole day coming here tonight and it
is a big game for both clubs but it is huge for Plymouth. They deserve
it. They've worked so hard to get here. Ryan, you are injured. Are you
gutted to be missing it? I am gutted. But I'm pleased to be here
watching and involved in the club today. You are both summarising for
radio Devon. Are you looking forward to it? I've done it all season and
it's been really good, keeping my mind close to the team. He's had a
blinder every game. Don't get used to the radio, we need you back,
pitch. John, who do you think is going to do it tonight? The FA Cup
is stoked traditionally with shocks and upsets. It can happen. You saw
Lincoln knockout Ipswich last night. Already, six Premier League clubs
have gone out. It can happen. You have got to dream. I think Liverpool
will be too strong on the night. They will play with a strong front
three but Plymouth will give it everything and it won't be a stroll
in the park for Liverpool tonight. I'm hoping for an Argyll win. It's a
tough test. It would be memorable. Fingers crossed. And, Ryan? No goals
during the game but late on somebody can nick it. That is my guess. They
have all got jobs to do here so I am going to let them get on with it.
From here at home Park, but to you in the studio. What an exciting
night. Don't worry if you cannot be there.
BBC Radio Devon will have full commentary from seven o'clock
and you can also follow the game online.
And we'll be live at Home Park in Spotlight's late news
for all the reaction to tonight's match, that's at half past ten.
I'm not a big fan of football but even I am quite excited. One of our
viewers is excited about daffodils in full bloom.
It's been very cold but quite a lot of sunshine. Starting with the
football, it's going to be very cold tonight. But on an extra pair of
socks. By the end of the match, temperatures could be close to
freezing. It's going to be a chilly night but hopefully one from the
players and spectators. More frost tonight than we've seen recently. It
is cold. Six or 7 degrees, the top temperature for most others. -- for
most of us. The fog is trafficking slowly back four as. It may act as a
focal point for a fuchsia hours. The overall picture is a big area of
high pressure. A lot of settled weather to come. Not everyone has
had sunshine today. The four northern parts of Devon and Somerset
have kept the cloud. For most others, quickly it's going to turn
frosty. There will be a fair amount of frost tomorrow morning. A range
of temperatures along the coastline. Two or three degrees above freezing.
You don't have to go far inland to find temperatures in the minus
numbers. Another lovely day with sunshine helping the daffodils to
come out in bloom. But it is cold. Just a bit more of a breeze. An
easterly wind developing. If you want to set your barometer, a very
settled pressure at the moment. Thereafter temperatures. On the
thermometer, possibly 8 degrees but it will feel colder. For the owls of
Scilly, fine and dry with sunny spells. Cold wind from the East.
There isn't a huge amount for surfing at the moment.
This is the outlook as we head right through the weekend. More cloud
developing on Friday. Still quite cold. We will start to see a lot
more cloud creeping in. Cold at night. The main story is a dry one.
Finally, a lovely sunrise from this morning in the Channel Islands. Have
a good evening. That's all from others. From all
others, come on Argyll! Good night. Hello. I hope you're well.
I really do. Because if you're not, then chances
are the NHS won't be able to look after you as well as it should.
And that's wrong.