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Making sure the Islands are not forgotten when it comes to Brexit.

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Good evening and welcome to the late news from BBC Channel Islands.

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A Jersey Politician says Andium Homes is charging too much

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not a problem for them, but it is a not a problem for them, but it is a

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problem for the taxpayer. There is no room for complacency -

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that's the message from a senior Guernsey politician

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following the UK's Justice The three MPs are responsible

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for making sure the interests of the Crown Dependencies aren't

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forgotten when it comes to Britain's exit from Europe,

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as Mark Inchley's been finding out. If there's one thing that

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Brexit's promised to deliver And the Channel Islands

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are by no means immune. But this week's visit by members

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of the UK Justice Committee has at least gone some way to reassure

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the Islands' governments that local Well, I'm certainly confident that

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we're doing everything that could be reasonably expected of us

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to ensure that outcome. But I don't have a crystal ball.

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My glass certainly isn't half empty. I'm cautiously optimistic but I'm

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absolutely sure of one thing, that there is no room

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for complacency which is what makes visits such as the one

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from the Ministry of Justice Select Committee

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so important. The committee's here to make sure

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the Channel Islands feel well represented and to hear

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where concerns lie. One is the whole question

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of uncertainty affecting That's exactly the same as we've got

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to handle in the UK as well. And the second one,

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again common to the UK, is giving assurance to EU citizens

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who are already in the Crown Dependencies as they are in the UK

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that their rights to remain and remain a welcome part

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of our society are not The Islands' smaller industries such

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as fishing and agriculture also play a role in the inquiry,

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but local farmers say there's at least one area likely to survive

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the changes unscathed. We actually manage our production

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to try and avoid export because our costs of production

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are high so we're not really We produce milk for the island

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and we try and make sure we have enough for the island

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and very little extra. And for those reasons,

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what goes on beyond our shores hopefully isn't going to impact us

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in a huge way. But that optimism isn't shared

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across the Islands' industries and as Islanders line up to find out

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the true impact of Britain's departure from Europe,

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much rests on the findings of just A Jersey politician will travel

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to Washington DC to attend Deputy John Le Fondre has accepted

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an invitation on behalf of US Congress to go to the annual event

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addressed by President Donald Trump. Every US President since the 60s

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has addressed the forum. Deputy Le Fondre says he'll pay

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for the trip himself. Jersey's Andium Homes is charging

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too much for new social housing Deputy Montfort Tadier is worried

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rents are spiralling out of control. It comes after some social housing

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was priced at ?1300 a month These are the newly

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refurbished homes at Clos de Deputy Montfort Tadier's impressed

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with the quality of the flats, but he says for some people

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affordable housing The rent for these two bed

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maisonettes is around ?300 a week. And as social housing,

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those rents are pegged at 90% But his concern is that tenants

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on income support who are renting privately only get around

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?280 a week. If their rent is fully covered

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by income support that's not a problem for them but it's

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a problem for the taxpayer. That is also question

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about inflation in the But Social security says this isn't

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an issue for tenants as the cost Andium Homes follows the rent

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policy set by the States. The Housing Minister wasn't

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available but her spokesman told us: We are making a ?250 million

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investment to improve social housing, which would not be possible

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without the financial certainty Jersey's Social Secutiry

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Department says... So while most of Jersey's affordable

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housing will be refurnished to provide better accommodation,

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that will cost the tax payer. Guernsey has been chosen

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by the internet giant Google as the location for its first

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Education Summit The two-day event in May

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will showcase the latest technology in education and how it can help

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teachers and professionals. The tech company says it

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will involve leading Google Guernsey's Scrutiny Management

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Committee says it's extremely concerned by the findings

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of an independent review into health The Committee says the review

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identifies a number of areas where existing provision falls

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below acceptable standards. Its president says a lot of work

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is needed to rebuild confidence. Jersey's Environment Minister says

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the quality of the Islands water is getting better but admits there's

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still room for improvement. Deputy Luce has issued a response

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to a report by Save Our Shoreline. It's concerned that marine life

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will disappear and tourism will suffer unless more is done

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to reduce the level We have got some environmental

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challenges and our water could be better, but are we at

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a tipping point? I don't think so and I come to that

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conclusion because our I will put my hand up

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and say we can do better It's one of the most important ice

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age sites in northern Europe - and this week archaeologists

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are meeting with engineers to work out how the La Cotte site

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at St Brelade can be preserved It comes after Jersey Heritage had

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to turn down a ?180,000 grant from the government as work can't

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continue until the site More than 40,000 years ago,

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it was mammoths and Neanderthals And they returned time and time

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again to the site at La Cotte. Once linked to Northern France

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by coastal plains, it now contains more Neanderthal artefacts

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than the rest of the British Like most of the coastline

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it is vulnerable to erosion It's a question of stabilising

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the site and stopping the rocks from becoming loose and creating

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a safe environment Archaeologists wanted to continue

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digging at the site later this year. But that work has been frozen, along

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with the government funding for it, Around 200,000 stone tools have

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already been discovered there. But Dr Matt Pope, who's

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an archaeologist, is confident Although a lot of excavation has

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taken place only about 40% of the site has been explored

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and that was a long time ago. For the future that is

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an incredible archive there. Modern scientific techniques

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would throw an even greater light Dr Pope and Jersey Heritage are

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meeting with engineers this week. They're hoping to publish a report

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on exactly what needs to be done But as it's expected to take

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years rather than months, for now the rest of La Cotte's

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secrets will remain undiscovered. David Braine has your

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weather forecast. Thank you. It is going to be a cold

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day tomorrow. Bitterly cold. Biting south-east wind develops through the

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night and for much of the day tomorrow. Windy. But when

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temperatures start at around zero or slightly below, with the strength of

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the wind, despite the sunshine it will feel cold. The morning

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temperatures with the wind, this will feel well below freezing

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because of the wind and that low start of temperature. The rain is

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the high pressure out to the east. Low-pressure trying to get in. Cold

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air from senior continent and a strong wind which means a raw

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feeling day. The weather fronts will move across us and maybe some patchy

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rain into Friday. Tonight is cold and the breeze starts to increase.

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It becomes quite a when they start and very cold start with

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temperatures from zero to minus one or minus two. Cloud will break up

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nicely and the wind will feel pretty raw tomorrow. Six or seven at best

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for most of us. A bit different on Friday. The breeze beginning to

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ease. Temperatures climbing. A lot of cloud with patchy drizzle and a

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more definite change, south-west winds through the weekend.

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Temperatures start to recover. Have a good night.

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That's your news this Wednesday evening.

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BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey will have bulletins from 6am

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tomorrow morning and I'll be back at 6:30pm tomorrow night.

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take a look at the Outlook towards the weekend.

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Good evening. If you think it was cold today, for many it will be

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colder still tomorrow. Cold even when we have the sunshine today.

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This was one of the wonderful weather watcher pictures we had sent

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in from Cornwall. It contrasts with a cloudy and foggy eastern half of

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the country, and a bank of cloud. Still foggy, but it is starting to

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lift. It is being pushed north and west, this bank of cloud. That will

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continue through the night. We will still have some fog sitting on the

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hills. Even with the cloud, it will be a cold night, with temperatures

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away from the far north and west falling

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