Guernsey - Great today, better tomorrow
The Future Guernsey Plan is centred on the 20-year vision for Guernsey, which is:
'We will be among the happiest and healthiest places in the world, where everyone has equal opportunity to achieve their potential. We will be a safe and inclusive community, which nurtures its unique heritage and environment and is underpinned by a diverse and successful economy.'
Policy Priorities - in November 2017, the States agreed the following policy priorities for 2017 - 2021:
Development of The Future Guernsey Plan - 2015/16
- In 2015 the States Assembly approved a number of recommendations from the States Review Committee which aimed to improve the way our government works. As part of this, the Policy & Resources Committee was directed to produce a Future Guernsey Plan to guide the planning and coordination of the work of the States. This plan focuses on significant policy matters and lays down a framework of overall policy assumptions in order to assist Principal Committees in the setting of their policies and priorities.
- The development of the first Future Guernsey Plan started as soon as the new Assembly was appointed in May 2016. The development of the Plan was comprised of two stages.
- Phase One
- This initial phase set out our vision for the Island in 20 years time, and what we need to focus on over the next five years to move us towards achieving that vision. The States approved the phase one document on 16th November 2016, a copy of which can be found here.
The Future Guernsey Plan - 2016/17
- Phase Two
- Following the approval of phase one, phase two commenced in November 2016, and required the six Principal Committees to draw up their Committee policy plans which set out the actions they intend to pursue over the short and medium term to fulfil the objectives agreed in Phase One. Copies of each of the Principal Committees' policy plans are available below:
- Public Consultation
- One of the factors that the States have taken into account when prioritising their programme of work is the views of the community. To assist the States in this task, we sought the input of the public to understand what they believed to be the top priorities that will make the biggest contributions to making Guernsey better.
- During January 2017, four workshops were held with attendees from a number of stakeholder organisations representing a broad cross-section of the community. Three drop-in sessions were also held to ensure we could engage the wider community. The purpose of these sessions was to seek feedback on the output from the workshops and what the wider public most wanted the government to deliver.
- The results of the public engagement was collated into a report; 'Getting our priorities right'.
The Future Guernsey Plan - 2018 Update
- The first annual update of the Future Guernsey Plan was published in June 2018. This review was a baseline exercise in order to give a clear view of the States' activity in respect of the 23 priority areas, as well as setting out how the States will monitor progress in future years.
- In some areas, such as Brexit, digital connectivity and the Children & Young People's Plan, it was clear what the States had achieved. While progress was more cautious in other priorities, such as in the Seafront Enhancement work, the Health & Social Care Partnership of Purpose and the Disability & Inclusion Strategy, the foundations were laid to ensure there was greater visible momentum over the following year. There were also areas where a lack of progress was evident, and the update resolved to devote more attention to such areas over the following months and years.
- The summary of the 2018 update can be found here.
Looking ahead - The Future Guernsey Plan 2019 Update
- The 2018 Update of the Future Guernsey Plan is currently being enacted by the various Committees. In June 2019, these Committees will take a report of the progress on their respective priority areas back to the States of Deliberation. The 2019 Update will then be published, updating the public on the progress against the 22 priority areas, stating whether there have been any re-prioritisations or whether some have been completed.
If you have any questions about the Future Guernsey Plan, please contact the Strategy & Policy Team at email@example.com.