To foster a compassionate, cohesive and aspirational society in which responsibility is encouraged and individuals and families are supported through schemes of social protection relating to pensions, other contributory and non-contributory benefits, social housing, employment, re-employment and labour market legislation.
Constituted as a Principal Committee of the States with effect from 1 May 2016.
- A President and four members who shall be members of the States: provided that neither the President nor any member of the Committee for Employment & Social Security shall be the President or a member of the Policy & Resources Committee or the President of the Scrutiny Management Committee; and up to two non-voting members appointed by the Committee who shall not be members of the States.
President: Deputy Peter Roffey Vice-President: Deputy Lindsay De Sausmarez Members: Deputy Tina Bury Deputy Steve Falla Deputy John Gollop Non-States Members: Ross Le Brun [540kb] Mark Thomson [724kb] Committee Secretary: Ellen Pragnell
- To foster a compassionate, cohesive and aspirational society in which responsibility is encouraged and individuals and families are supported through schemes of social protection relating to pensions, other contributory and non-contributory benefits, social housing, employment, re-employment and labour market legislation.
Responsibilities - Policy Advisory & General
- To advise the States and to develop and implement policies on matters relating to its purpose, including:
- 1. financial and social hardship;
- 2. social housing, including States' housing and the States' relationship with housing associations;
- 3. supplementary benefit and housing benefit;
- 4. social insurance;
- 5. pensions;
- 6. health insurance;
- 7. long-term care insurance;
- 8. social inclusion, including in relation to disability;
- 9. the unemployed and the various initiatives to encourage employment and re-employment;
- 10. labour market legislation and practices;
- 11. health and safety in the workplace;
- 12. industrial relations;
- 13. legal aid.
- To exercise powers and perform duties conferred on the Committee by extant States' resolutions, including those resolutions or parts of resolutions which relate to matters for the time being within the mandate of the Committee for Employment & Social Security and which conferred functions on the former Commerce and Employment Department, Housing Department, Policy Council and Social Security Department.
- To fulfil the responsibilities and operation functions set out below.
- A. General Responsibilities of the Policy & Resources Committee and all Principal Committees
- 1. to contribute to fulfilling the States' objectives and policy plans, including by supporting and participating in cross-committee work;
- 2. to monitor and report on policy outcomes in areas relating to its mandate;
- 3. to ensure that public funds and other resources are used to best advantage, including through co-operative and flexible working practices.
- B. General Responsibilities of all Committees of the States
- 1. to exercise powers and perform duties conferred on the committee by extant legislation and by extant States' resolutions;
- 2. to be accountable to the States for all policies developed, actions taken and services delivered or overseen by the committee;
- 3. to be accountable to the States for the management and safeguarding of public funds and other resources entrusted to the committee;
- 4. in any policy letter submitted to the States to set out clearly how the proposals contained therein relate to the duties and powers or the purpose and policy responsibilities of the committee, how the proposals contribute to the States' objectives and policy plans and what joint working or consultation has taken place with other committees;
- 5. to act in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the States and their committees;
- 6. to be aware of the powers, duties and limits of the committee's mandate and to respect and not to undermine the mandates of other committees of the States;
- 7. to be aware that a committee of the States is in effect an agent of the States of Guernsey exercising functions conferred on it by resolution of, or legislation approved by, the States of Deliberation; and as such to respect that, save in specific circumstances where legislation provides otherwise, the States may at any time they consider it desirable issue directions to a committee and that committee shall be expected to carry into effect any such directions irrespective of whether that committee or any of its individual members agree or disagree with such directions: provided that the rejection by the States of recommendations or advice of a committee shall not ipso facto require the resignation of that committee.
- C. Reference to Enactments
- 1. unless otherwise provided, or the context requires otherwise, a reference to an enactment in the mandate of a committee is to be interpreted as a reference to the enactment as from time to time amended, re-enacted with or without modification, extended or applied.
- The Committee for Employment & Social Security shall deliver or oversee the delivery of those operational functions which immediately before the 1st of May, 2016 were delivered by:
- (a) the Social Security Department
- (b) the Housing Department, with the exception that the following operational functions will transfer:
- to the Committee for Health & Social Care
- - Provision of domiciliary care services at Le Grand Courtil and La Nouvelle Maraitaine
- to the Committee for Home Affairs
- - Administration of the Housing Control and Right to Work Laws
- - Administration of the Open Market Housing Register
- (c) the Commerce and Employment Department, in relation to the following operational functions only:
- - The offices of Health and Safety
- - Employment Relations Service
- (d) the Policy Council, in relation to the following operational functions only:
- - Legal Aid
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