Billet Blog: 6 September 2017

The States last met on Friday 30 June (although Committee meetings and parish work have continued throughout the summer). We reconvene on Wednesday 6 September, kicking off the second year of the 2016-2020 States’ term. The agenda for the first meeting is light, but a fairly wide range of policy papers have been lodged over the summer – including the headline-grabbing proposals on the funding of the private Colleges, and the future of the wall at L’Ancresse East – so future meetings will certainly be busier and more engaging.

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Billet Blog: 7 June 2017

There are three States Meetings taking place in June, with the first on Wednesday 7 June. The later meetings are meatier, with the annual Accounts and a debate on Island-Wide Voting taking place in the 20 June Meeting and the next phase of the Policy and Resources Plan, including a medium-term financial plan, in the 27 June Meeting. This update focuses on the agenda for 7 June:

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Billet Blog: 26 April 2017

There are only a handful of items on the agenda for the April States Meeting, most of which are legislation for approval.

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Billet Blog: 29 March 2017

The main issue for the March States Meeting is likely to be the decision on whether or not to commence the Population Management law, with challenges to the new regime having started to emerge over the past few weeks. It will be a lively debate, with strong feelings on all sides, and will be a challenge for the new States as it comes to grips with a complex regime that was designed by previous Assemblies.

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Protest and Celebration

Last night, islanders met in the Sunken Gardens to protest the policies of US President Donald Trump, and to celebrate the values of diversity and tolerance which he seems to threaten. The protest began with a group of concerned citizens who wanted to stand in solidarity with similar protests the world over, and I was glad and proud to be part of helping to get it off the ground. I think protest and dissent are vital to a healthy democracy, and would only like to see more of it in Guernsey – whether people engage with local issues or international ones. I gave a short address last night which explains why I feel that way, and I have copied it below for those who may be interested.

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Billet Blog: 15 February 2017

I’m sorry not to have blogged for the first couple of States Meetings this year. Finally back in the habit for the second February meeting, which will take place on 15 February. This one continues a pattern of relatively light agendas (which will probably suddenly get much heavier in late April or May, and certainly by June), with the Implementation of the Solid Waste Strategy likely to be the most substantial debate of the meeting. The published business is as follows:

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Billet Blog: 14 December 2016

Billet Blog: 26 September 2018 The States reconvene on September 26th, and once again the meeting starts with... Read more → Criminal Justice and Prison In early August, I asked Deputy Mary Lowe some questions about criminal justice... Read more → Billet Blog: 18 July 2018 AfterRead more

Billet Blog: 30 November 2016

This meeting is the third and final States’ debate in a very long November! The dominant issue will be secondary education – specifically, the question of whether to retain the 11+ or move to a non-selective system. This, and the other items of business, are discussed further below.

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Billet Blog: P&R Plan – Phase One

I had the honour of attending the Youth Commission’s annual “Youth Works” conference yesterday, and taking part in a workshop with the Youth Forum, who are preparing their plans for next year. We learned a useful approach to making plans. It goes like this: take a large sheet of paper and draw three columns on it. At the top of the first column, write: Why? Underneath it, list the reasons why you want to do this piece of work. Once that’s done, move to the second column … and again, write: Why? If, in the first column, you wrote “we’re doing this because we want to hear young people’s voices”, in the next column tell us why it matters to hear young people’s voices. When you’ve done that, move to the third column. And, once again, write: Why?

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Billet Blog: 1-2 November 2016

The first of three States Meetings in November (we meet again on 15 November to talk about the Policy & Resources Plan, and on 30 November to debate other business, no doubt including the future of secondary education) will begin with the Budget, and will also include the Committee for Employment & Social Security’s annual report on Benefit and Contribution rates. In addition, there will be business carried over from the last meeting, and a few other small items.

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