Most of our finance systems were designed in an era when people paid for things with cash or by cheque. Over the last ten years, paying the government by debit or credit card has gone from being the exception to the norm. We now receive about 250,000 card payments a year, either over the counter, … Read more Paving the way for new ways to pay
A key policy objective of the Government of Jersey is to ensure that the Island’s interests are represented at an international level. By developing our relationships with UK, European and international bodies we reinforce the message that Jersey is a cooperative partner, a good neighbour and, as an international finance centre, a well-regulated jurisdiction complying … Read more Stable, transparent and well-regulated: maintaining Jersey’s international reputation
In my last blog post, I looked at why we need a long-term vision for Jersey – an addition to the four year plans set by each Council of Ministers and which would be the guiding document by which all other policies across government would be guided and informed. How though do we begin the process … Read more How do we shape a long-term vision for Jersey
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?
Since my last Ministerial update in September I’m pleased to report significant progress in all the areas of my political responsibilities. There has been continued growth in jobs and financial services, good progress on a digital strategy, we have welcomed the new Chief Executive Tony Moretta to Digital Jersey and published an Action Plan to … Read more Competition and innovation
This Council of Ministers is almost exactly a year into its term; it sometimes seems much longer! When I arrived at Treasury last November I was determined to set a clear path to sustainable public finances. I wanted long term solutions not short term fixes. It meant tackling a number of items in the ‘too difficult … Read more A year in the Treasury