Guernsey - Great today, better tomorrow.
All organisations need a vision and a plan, and the States of Guernsey is no different. To make informed decisions about our priorities, we need to know where we are going - our vision; and how we intend to get there - our plan.
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 Policy & Resource 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 Policy & Resource Plan started as soon as the new Assembly was appointed in May 2016. The development of the plan comprised of two stages.
- Phase one, known as Future Guernsey, sets out our vision for the Island in 20 years' time and what we need to focus on over the next 5 years to move us towards achieving that vision. This was approved by the States on 16 November 2016. The full document can be found in the downloads section on this page.
- Phase two, which commenced in November 2016, has required the six Principal Committees to draw up their Committee policy plans, setting out the actions they intend to pursue over the short and medium term to fulfil the objectives agreed in phase one. These policy plans were approved by the States on 27 June 2017. Information on the debated on phase two of the Policy & Resource Plan can be found here.
- As directed by the States during the debate on phase two in June 2017, the Policy & Resources Committee reported back to the States of Deliberation in November 2017 making recommendations on the 23 policy priorities that government should be focusing on over the next few years. These recommendations were approved by the States on 8 November 2017. A summary document of the policy priorities can be found in the downloads section on this page.
What happens next?
The 23 policy priorities approved by the States in November 2017 marked the final phase in developing the Policy & Resource Plan. The Committees will be held accountable, via annual updates, for progress against these priorities. The first annual update will be in June 2018.
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 input on what you consider to be the top priorities that will make the biggest contributions to Guernsey being better tomorrow for you.
During January 2017, four workshops (one for each of the themes) were held with attendees from a number of stakeholder organisations representing a broad cross-section of our community. To ensure we could also reach the wider community, we held three drop-in sessions; one on a Saturday (28 January) and two on weeknight evenings (30 and 31 January). The purpose of these sessions was to seek feedback on the output from the workshops and what the wider public most wanted government to deliver.
The results of the public engagement were collated into a report which was shared with all Deputies prior to the debate in June 2017.
You can view the report 'Getting our priorities right' in the downloads section on this page.
If you have any questions about the Policy & Resource Plan please contact the Strategy and Policy Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.