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Minister's exit Strang. Join me now on BBC Two.
Plans to borrow hundreds of millions of pounds for Jersey's
It is the biggest level of debt that has faced this
It is important that scrutiny and due process is followed
for governance purposes and we have seen very recently what happens
Good evening and welcome to the late news from BBC Channel Islands,
Also tonight: A stronger Britain in charge of it's own laws, but how
It's emerged the plan to borrow hundreds of millions of pounds
to pay for Jersey's new hospital could be illegal.
Ministers want to fund the project by borrowing up to four
But concerns raised in the States today have
It comes after some politicians argue 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 therefore incredibly important that scrutiny should have gone
through the process and looked at issues had a point of governance. We
have had a examples very recently of governments failing -- governance
failing. So it's important due
process is followed And we've seen very
recently what happens 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. The budget has been capped at 406 is
its million pounds, but I could not change the future could? It has been
capped for a very good reason. There is scope for it to creep in the
project. It is possible for a number of reasons that the costs could
increase although I would not expected to do so for the simple
reason that we have already built in a significant contingency of ?90
billion. ?90 million. Never mind it budget or the lack of scrutiny,
there is a bigger problem. Under the law it may not be legal. They cannot
borrow more than they collect in tax.
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
business is feeling following the British 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 a new trade deal could cost them more.
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 5 or 10%.
As a while before that filters through.
While some things are slightly clearer, whether Channel
Islands set within these agreements have not been made.
Senator Ian Gorst, Jersey's Chief Minister.
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
now prisoners who serve four years or less will be able
The move will bring Jersey in line with Guernsey and most other
European countries, except the UK where prisoners
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
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
Meanwhile, an independent report's found that Jersey's social
security fund is healthy, with ?1.4 billion to meet the costs
However, the report also concluded these
assets will gradually be used up as the cost of pensions increases.
But it said action doesn't need to be taken until after
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
Channel Islands we drive everywhere in the UK.
Our test has to be rigid and comparable for other areas.
So if plans in the UK go ahead, to make learners spend a minimum
of up to 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
Some people pass their test very quickly and I think it leaves them
open to danger on the roads with not enough knowledge, just being taught
That is one thing, but being able to drive properly and
have the skills to react well is another thing.
In reality, if 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.
Here's David Braine with your weather.
Our fine but cold weather continues. There's been some lovely winter
sunshine today. A shot taken by Chris in Guernsey. Glorious blue
skies. Cold at night. Tomorrow is going to be another dry and sunny
day. More of a breeze and a cold wind to coming in from the Easter
wrap-up warm. A weather front straddling the weather here, but it
is that easterly winds and dry air coming from the continent. It is
going to be with us throughout the rest of this week and it keeps fine
with cold weather right the way through. A bit more in the way of
cloud coming through the channel on Friday, but overnight tonight like
we saw last night a lot of clear sky that very quickly turns very cold.
Temperatures not quite as cold as they could be because there is still
a bit of a breeze and easterly breeze that helps keep the
temperatures up quite a few places. They will get down to one or perhaps
below zero. A risk of frost tomorrow morning. Fine weather to enjoy when
the sun comes up that it is almost unbroken sunshine through the day.
Still cold at the strong wind from east or north-east just 6 degrees as
the top temperature. Unsubtle weather in the southern areas of
Spain and Portugal. Quite cold. Really cold and really low
temperatures across eastern parts of Europe. That has been beset up a
couple of days and that continues into Thursday, as well. This is the
forecast for the rest of this week. It is cold of a breeze still from
the east still a bit of cloud into Friday and into Saturday. The cloud
on Friday and through the morning and the afternoon is likely to
produce showers. Not many lows will reach the island. It will be cold.
Have a good night. That's your news this Wednesday
evening, BBC Radio Guernsey next few days, no great changes over
the next few days, more sunshine on the way.
Despite high-pressure sitting across the country so only slow changes in
the weather, we have had a variety of