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Big increase in those earning big pay in Guernsey's civil service.
It is just making sure all our resources are put in the correct
places for the correct price. I have no qualms about being people good
wages as long as they are value for money.
Good evening and welcome to the late news from
Also on the rise - property sales and prices in Jersey,
some by the highest increase ever recorded.
There's been a 40% increase in the number of people
working for the States of Guernsey earning more than ?70,000
Figures reveal the increase happened between 2010 and 2015.
The Government says it needs the best staff
Mike Wilkins has been looking at the figures.
The States Of Guernsey is the island's biggest employer,
with around 5,000 people on its payroll.
In 2015, its wage bill was more than ?240,000.
When we look at staff pay bands, in 2010 there were 174 people
Five years later, that figure had shot up to 261
And when we peer even higher up the pay scale,
there were five people earning between ?150,000
In 2015, that has shot up to 20 people.
The States Chief Executive says he needs to spend to save.
People talk to me about, we want a lean public sector,
high performing public sector, we don't want waste,
Actually, I need quality people to do that.
Otherwise we won't drive that performance.
We need the best that we need, but no more than we need.
This deputy is keeping a close eye on where taxpayers'
She says any increase in pay costs must represent value for money.
It is just making sure that all our resources are put
into the correct places for the correct price.
I have no qualms about paying people good
wages, but as long as they are value for money.
The Chief Executive admits the States hasn't necessarily
kept the closest of eyes on staff pay.
Clearly, I don't think there has been a really good restraint and
discipline and scrutiny on where we have been employing officers.
But what I can give assurances on is that scrutiny
This is the home to many civil servants in Guernsey and it appears
States' pay has over the years been relatively unchecked.
Those days appear to be over, especially with
the announcement yesterday of the savings of ?7.5 million.
The challenge now is to ensure
The average house price in Jersey now stands at almost
Confidence in job stability and the housing market
has driven up prices - some by the highest
But many young professionals are still struggling to buy
More than 1,400 properties were sold last year,
12% more than in 2015, making it the highest for a decade.
A 4% hike in house prices, putting the average house now at ?468,000.
But one area that's not doing so well is two-bedroom houses
Not good news for Jason who's trying to sell his to buy a new home
If we look at property prices maybe five years ago
the places we are looking at now would have been in reach.
But the property values have increased drastically
and it is making it difficult I think to find the perfect home.
And he's not the only one finding it difficult.
Estate agents want more support for first-time buyers
We have many properties in the ?150,000, ?170,000 price
range which can allow people to get onto the property ladder.
But it's the deposit, you know sometimes between ten
and 20% deposit is needed, and that's a lot of money
And with mortgage interest rates at an all-time low,
it's thought the market isn't going to slow down.
We are going to start reaching a stage where certain sectors
of the market will see a shortage of supply.
And when supply is exceeded by demand, that's when prices
And we fear, and I know this is shared by estate agents
and by professional valuers, we fear prices are going to start
going up a bit faster perhaps than we have witnessed so far.
So, although more properties are changing hands, it isn't always
the home buyers have dreamt of owning.
Police are investigating what they describe as the unexplained death
of a man in his seventies at
The force don't think there are any suspicious circumstances
but emergency services spent several hours at the harbour after being
After two days of debate, Guernsey's waste strategy has
Deputies rejected all proposed changes, including an end
to kerbside recycling, parish collections
The total bill for exporting Guernsey's waste and increasing
recycling rates is estimated to be almost ?300 million
And there will be more on this story tomorrow morning
on BBC Radio Guernsey with Isla Blatchford.
Up to 1500 people in the Channel Islands could have
been sold gas bottles that might leak.
there's a small risk propane cylinders like these may
They want anyone who's bought one since last March to get in touch
Secondary school pupils in Jersey have been getting a taste
It's all part of the charity Prison Me No Way's Crime Week
which has been running interactive workshops.
We sent our reporter Jon De La Haye back to school.
It may look like a soap drama, but it carries a real message.
These Beaulieu pupils have been learning that
actions have consequences, with prison cells, police
We have been learning about alcohol and drugs,
To make sure we don't make the same mistakes
other people have made in
More people are going out and getting drink.
If you do something wrong now, and if you
are applying for a job, they
And how it will affect you when you are older.
And the theme of consequences runs through Crime Week.
Aimed specifically at 12 and 13-year-olds who are at
an important stage of life, it's hoped it'll help them
They are at a stage in their life where they are facing challenging
They are struggling with moving up from being a child to an
So we think it is time in year eight to come in and
Now in its 11th year, the Crime Week messages
are delivered through demonstrations by police officers and fire
If the kids go home and have taken just one part of what ever they have
been taught today, and if that is, I'm not
criminality because I could get bitten by a dog, or get involved
in drugs because the penalties and the chances
of me getting caught are
so high, then we have done our little bit.
If they take home just one point, we've done our job
This Prison Me No Way campaign has been touring round Jersey's
And the hope is that, by spending time with youngsters now,
they won't be spending too long with them in the future.
Unfortunately, there's been a few delays and cancellations for air
So, lets see if tomorrow will be any better,
Kid evening. We have a real contrast today with some of us seeing mist
and fog and visibility and elsewhere some lovely sunshine. Many have seen
some of both. Tomorrow we are likely to see some mist and fog, more so
during the morning and it should hopefully clear and the afternoon
some of us getting some bright spells. Because high pressure is in
charge it can bring dry and bright weather but equally because the ear
is stagnant it can lead to mist and fog and that is a problem many of us
saw today. The high pressure stays in charge over the weekend. Less of
a problem with mist and fog but there is some weather fronts pushing
and which could bring cloud and some rain, mostly dry, however. Through
tonight so, some mist and for camp visibility, light winds, staying dry
tonight and some clear spells around -- poor visibility. We could perhaps
see a touch of ground frost. Tomorrow, risk of mist and fog at
first. Hopefully it will lift unclear and by the afternoon some
bright spells coming through -- left and clear. A mild day. Fairly light
winds. These are our times of high water.
This is the picture for the coming days. Fairly mild with light winds
and mostly dry. Some mist and fog and a fair amount of cloud but when
we see sunshine it should feel nice. BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey
will have bulletins from six tomorrow morning, including
regular travel updates. of 11. Not too bad for the
forthcoming weekend. Here is Nick Miller with a resume of the National
weather picture. Hello, rain for some of us today
although it won't make much of a dent in the dry winter so far across
much of the UK. A few threatening clouds in Cumbria but more than a
threat of rain across the pond for Friday. The wettest weather system
of the season is over heading into California, and there have been a
few, with copious amounts of rain and lots of mountain snow.
Record-breaking wet winter so far in parts of California. In Los Angeles
this might be conservative, 50-100 millimetres of rain in a short space
of time. A deluge on the way. This has made a bit