The beauty and diversity of Jersey’s natural environment is key to its appeal as a place to live and through our recent My Jersey survey, thousands of you made it clear that the environment is high on your list of important issues for the Island’s future. More than 50% of you set your future ambition … Read more Your view: Protect the environment for the future
Whatever your reason for being or staying in Jersey, it’s important to protect the things that make the Island special – we want it to be a great place to live, socialise, grow up and belong; a place where community and people matter. We asked Islanders about these important issues in our recent My Jersey online survey, … Read more Is a decent standard of living affordable in Jersey?
There are plenty of local issues that affect our daily lives in Jersey. But at a time of well-documented low voter turn out, is there much appetite for thinking about the bigger picture in Jersey, or for considering the Island’s long-term future? It seems there is. And it’s been a delight to see this reflected … Read more Jersey 2036 – what you’d change
Budget 2017 will help us to manage a successful future. Together with the Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Plan, it is part of an agreed three year plan that draws on reserves to support the economy in the short term and balance budgets in the medium term. Looking further ahead, we will need strategic direction … Read more Planning for the future
In March this year Jersey’s government launched a consultation on a long-term vision for Jersey. The idea was to begin to raise awareness and encourage debate about some of the bigger issues Jersey faces over the longer term and to capture people’s views before the final vision was developed. It’s a woolly term ‘vision’ and … Read more Does Jersey need a long-term plan?
In June I announced the start of a conversation on Jersey’s digital future. We published a draft Digital Policy Framework and asked for everyone to give their views on our ambitions. With just over one week left of the official consultation period, I thought now would be a good time to summarise some of the … Read more Jersey’s Digital Policy Framework – feedback so far
Can you put a cost on the contribution of the environment to our health and happiness? Yes, according to the authors of a study from the University of California. They say cities that invest in encouraging their citizens to be physically active show better economic productivity, higher property values and improved school performance. They also … Read more Health, happiness and our environment
In the past few weeks we have witnessed distressing scenes as thousands of people flee desperate situations in their homelands. More than 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year. Jersey has a long history of responding generously to humanitarian need and I believe it is right that we do what … Read more Playing our part
Like most offices around the island, the corridors of Cyril Le Marquand House are quieter at this time of year, as people take their annual holidays. However for the departments we manage from Home Affairs, it is business as usual. The Fire Service was stretched to capacity last week when the island was hit by a … Read more Business as usual all summer
My role as Assistant Chief Minister is to advise the Chief Minister and to lead on various areas of social policy. Turn the pages of any newspaper, switch on the TV or radio and listen to the passionate conversations in pubs and sitting rooms and you will repeatedly find social policy issues at the core … Read more The challenge of social policy