The States of Guernsey's overarching strategic plan and other related plans and policies, which define the priorities for the States, will be updated following the election in April 2016. The collection of plans, known collectively as the States Strategic Plan, will remain in place until it is replaced.
For several years the States have been developing an approach to improve planning and performance and to make government more accountable to the public. Since 2009 this work has been carried forward through the development of a States Strategic Plan (SSP). The original SSP can be viewed here [1Mb].
At their March 2013 meeting the States of Guernsey approved the latest revised version of the SSP. A copy of the relevant States Report which incorporates the plan is available to view here [2Mb].
The purpose of the SSP is to provide a mechanism to enable the States to determine what they want to achieve over the long-term (25 year horizon). It is designed to encourage more joined up ways of thinking within Guernsey's consensus form of non-party government. The SSP can adapt over time to changing political agendas and it is intended to make government policies compatible with each other rather than contradictory.
At the highest level the direction of the SSP is set by statements of:
- Government Aims
- General Objectives
- Political 'Direction of Travel'
The SSP is not, however, a single document but a family or suite of long-term plans which respond to the Aims, Objectives and Direction of Travel and inter-relate with one another:
- 3 Corporate Policy Plans (for Fiscal & Economic Policy, Social Policy and Environmental Policy) describe the challenges that Guernsey faces in each area and the co-ordinated action being taken by States Departments to deal with them. The Corporate Policy Plans can be viewed here [544kb].
- 4 Island Resource Plans (for Population Management, Energy, Strategic Land Use and Island Infrastructure) describe the way in which the States propose to manage or influence the use of Island Resources to support the Corporate Policy Plans.
- Department and Committee Policy Plans: As part of the family of related plans that made up the States Strategic Plan, the States Departments and Committees each produced a policy plan. As the coordinating body, the Policy Council also produced a policy plan. The full version and information on the services each Department was responsible for is available on the page for each of the Government Departments (May 2004 - April 2016).
The States Strategic Monitoring Report can be found by following this link. It includes a set of performance indicators which are used to assess the effects of government policies and whether desired results are being achieved.
If you would like more information about the States Strategic Plan please contact the Strategy and Policy team. You can use this contact form.
The States of Guernsey recognise that government in Guernsey needs to work in a more joined up way than in the past. One aspect of joined up government is being able to make decisions for the short-term that also meet long-term objectives.
At present, there is still a gap between the long-term, ten to twenty year thinking in the Policy Plans and Island Resource Plans and the short-term annual cycle of business planning and budgeting in departments. The 2011 SSP looks forward to the development of multi-year business planning and budgets during the next States term (i.e. a three to five year cycle). For those who wish to read more, please see pages 1924 to 1925 of the SSP 2011 (Billet XVI, 2011).
In May 2016 the system and structure of government changed and, as part of those changes, a new system of policy planning commenced. That new system involves a two-stage approach, whereby a long-term vision and supporting outcomes are agreed first, followed by subsequent 4-5 year plans, each of which will contribute to the achievement of the long-term aspirations for Guernsey.
The first stage of that process has already happened. In November 2016 the States approved "Future Guernsey", which sets out our vision for the next 20 years. The "Future Guernsey" document can be found here: Policy & Resource Plan.
The next step is for the six Principal Committees to develop their own policy plans, based on the outcomes set out in "Future Guernsey". The Policy & Resources Committee will then have to consider and, where necessary, prioritise the submissions for inclusion in an overarching Policy & Resource Plan for the States of Guernsey. Although drawn together by government, this is very much a plan for the entire community and the States are keen to work with others, such as businesses and community groups, to ensure that the priorities are delivered.
Whilst the existing Strategic policy Plans remain in place until formally rescinded, it is nevertheless expected that Committees now look to the "Future Guernsey" document for all but the most detailed strategic guidance.