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.
Future Guernsey - Phase one of the Policy & Resource Plan
On 10 October 2016, the Policy & Resources Committee published the first phase of the Policy & Resource Plan which is known as 'Future Guernsey' (available in the downloads section on this page). It sets out where the island should be in 20 years' time and how together we will make it happen. It is a 'programme for government' expressing in clear and unambiguous language what the States will be doing.
Future Guernsey will provide the basis for the second phase of the Policy and Resource Plan which will be developed in the coming months and signed off by the States in June 2017. It is a plan for the community, not just a plan for the States of Guernsey.
Over the past few years the States Review Committee have undertaken a significant piece of work to review Guernsey's machinery of government. Its recommendations were agreed by the States Assembly. 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. It was a stated aim that unlike some of its recent predecessors, this plan should be reasonably straightforward, flexible and un-bureaucratic. It should focus on significant policy matters and lay 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 Plan can be split into two stages.
- Phase one 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.
- Phase two will see the six Principal Committees draw up policy plans, setting out the actions they intend to pursue over the short and medium term to fulfil the objectives agreed in phase one. This will include stakeholder engagement during the first part of 2017. The Policy & Resources Committee will need to coordinate the work of the Committees to ensure that all themes and outcomes are covered, and that the proposals are aligned and, crucially, affordable. This second phase will be debated in June 2017 and annual reviews will follow.
Work commenced on developing the Plan in early May, shortly after the election of the new States Assembly. Below is a timeline highlighting the milestones in the process to date and also what the next steps will be.
If you have any questions about the Policy & Resource Plan please contact the Strategy and Policy Team at email@example.com.