May 18, 2021

First with the Alderney News

More public debates on key issues

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As part of its commitment to open government, Alderney’s Policy & Finance Committee (P&F) is looking at ways of holding more of its debates in public.

Much of the States of Alderney decision-making process is currently held in private in the P&F monthly meetings attended by all 10 Members.

Now P&F wants to examine whether the Rules of Procedure would allow it to send some items straight to the Billet and the resulting transparency of public debate at full States meetings.

Matters of commercial, business and personal sensitivity would continue to be discussed in private but there are some issues that could be aired in public.

“We’re testing the ground to assess whether certain items should go straight to the Billet.” said P&F spokesman Ian Carter. “This will help inform the Good Governance Group in its mandate to develop the structure of the States and make it a more effective governing body.

“The aim is to have more decisions made in public but first we must take advice on which items might fall into the public arena and which should remain private.” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the Good Governance Group chaired by Kevin Gentle has selected after interview Andrew Eggleston, President of the Alderney Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Hunt to assist in its deliberations.

1 thought on “More public debates on key issues

  1. Excellent idea. Improving the flow of information Island wide (and the greater Alderney interested community) has got to be a good thing. Encourage debate. Perhaps the flow should also be the other way as well. The public being encouraged to challenge the states for answers to local issues of concern. For example, how does the states plan on helping the younger generation get on the housing ladder and or improving the desperately needed increase in decent and affordable rental properties? At what point would the rental market percentage returns make it a local market reality. ie if the current rate of return is only 3% ( and therefore no rentals available) at what percentage would it make it worthwhile? 4 or 5 etc. Also the housing stock is in poor condition compared with Guernsey, would more home owners be encouraged to do-up and rent out if they were given grants and rebates for house improvements?
    This above is more of an example of the circular flow of information island wide that I think we need.

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