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Summary

  1. Former Jersey Reds chairman Chris Scott has died at the age of 64.
  2. Guernsey population plan 'out of date'
  3. Jersey tax review finds low earners 'paying less' than before
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Ryan Morrison

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That's it for Local Live for today but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 tonight for all the latest headlines with   BBC Channel Islands News   .

Jerriais band appeal to Sir Paul McCartney

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jerriais band Badlabecques have been refused permission to put a cover of a Beatles song they recorded with a charity choir on their new album.

Badlabecques
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The band recorded a cover of with a little help from my friends with Les Amis choir, made up of adults with learning difficulties but got a refusal from Sony.

They are now trying to get a message to Sir Paul McCartney in the hope he will help convince Sony to change their mind and allow the record to appear on the album.

Just in case that doesn't work the band have  launched a crowdfunding appeal  to get the money to record a new, original song with the choir and have delayed the release of the album so it can be included.

States to get tough on late tax payments?

Jersey Evening Post

Islanders who fail to pay their tax on time could soon be hit with even bigger bills .  

Tax system review 'doesn't show true effect of poverty'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A review of Jersey's tax system doesn't show the true effect of poverty in the island, according to Deputy Geoff Southern of Reform Jersey.

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A report by Oxera that was commissioned by the Treasury says people on low incomes are paying relatively less tax now than they were ten years ago.

Deputy Southern claims the review should take into account people whose incomes fall below the tax threshold, and rely on benefits. 

They haven't included benefits in their assessment and they must do as most people on low income don't pay tax. People on income support have seen the value of their benefits reduce by 17%.

Deputy Geoff SoutherReform Jersey

States to propose reformed referendum rules

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's referendum law could be changed this week if politicians approve reforms that will see dedicated campaign groups being established as well as controls on spending.

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Jersey has had four referenda since the first of the modern era in 2008 where the public rejected calls to move from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time.

The proposals by the Privileges and Procedures Committee would also see a referendum commission established to give an opinion on any proposed referendum and designate a lead campaign group on each side.

These groups would have access to the electoral register and be allowed to spend more money on campaigns than other groups.

Body set up to protect people's health data

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A board will be set up in Jersey to make sure data held about people by the island's health authorities is looked after properly when all data is moved into a central database as part of the digital health strategy.

Jersey Hospital
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Nigel Minihane, Chairman of the Primary Care Body, said this was to make sure that patient information is being dealt with correctly. 

The digital health strategy will see patient records moved on to a database which will also allow GPs to request and receive hospital tests electronically, without having to write a letter and get a letter back.

It will also allow patients to access their own records.

Guernsey fund industry value up by £28bn in 2016

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The value of funds in Guernsey grew by more than £28bn last year, according to the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. There was a £6.5bn growth in the last few months of the year alone.

The total fund industry in Guernsey, made up of investment funds which invest money on behalf of clients is now worth more than £255bn.

Guernsey Finance chief executive Dominic Wheatley said: "It is encouraging to see strong annual growth in Guernsey’s funds sector."

Housing plan on former police site updated

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Plans to transform the old Jersey Police Headquarters site into housing have been changed slightly. 

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The police moved out of the Summerland site at Rouge Bouillon into their new premises at La Route du Fort earlier this month. 

The States owned housing company Andium Homes originally wanted to build 80 flats and seven town houses but it recently revised the plans - applying to build 79 flats instead and reduce car parking spaces by three. 

The company still plans to build seven town houses. This is still subject to approval from the planning committee.

School children to learn about autism

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Children in Jersey's schools have been taught about autism today as part of a World Autism Awareness Week. 

Autism affects more than one in 100 people. Tom Purser from the National Autistic Society says most autistic children go to mainstream schools, so it's vital as many schools as possible get involved.     

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It is a really important opportunity to learn about autism in a fun and imaginative way and to spread the word that most people in a school will have an autistic pupil. Learning how they experience the world will make a big difference to their experience of school.

Tom PurserNational Autistic Society

Several developments proposed for St Ouen's Bay

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Changes could be made to cafes and tourist accommodation in St Ouen's Bay under a new scheme launched by several companies in the area.

St Ouen's Bay
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There are planning applications for La Moye Golf Club, Corbiere Phare, Le Braye Café and Discovery Bay apartments at Big Verns. 

The self-catering apartments above Big Verns Diner could be turned into nine apartments if approved. At La Moye Golf Club, owners want to set up three portable cabins and a permanent marquee. 

At Le Braye there could be alterations so customers can eat and drink and shelter with a clear view of the sea which is on top of its existing application to extend the building and put in a sun deck.

All of the schemes will need to go before the planning committee.

‘States should pay us rent for golf course’

Guernsey Press

A group of L’Ancresse Common landowners are fighting to prove their ownership rights, in a bid to get paid by the States for the golf course using what they say is their land .  

Vauvert closed for emergency repairs

BBC News Travel

Vauvert in St Peter Port will be closed to traffic between The Grange and La Couperderie from 16:00 to allow an emergency excavation in the roadway to re-connect the traffic lights that were damaged in a recent crash. 

The closure could continue until Tuesday morning and if it does, access to Vauvert School will be via Victoria Road and La Couperderie.

A fine and sunny afternoon ahead

BBC Weather

Skies will remain clear to start the night leading to temperatures falling quickly after dark. Although it should remain largely dry overnight, cloud will tend to increase towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

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Guernsey Airport
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Average A-level results still ahead of those for England

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey students’ average A-level results were better than those of their counterparts in England – although the proportion of Island pupils achieving the highest grades was lower, new figures show .  

States to debate free TV licences for over 75s

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Tomorrow Jersey politicians will debate calls for the chief minister to enter talks with the BBC to get them to exempt Jersey residents over the age of 75 from paying their TV licence.

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The proposal, by Deputy Montfort Tadier of Reform Jersey urges the minister to report back to the States on any progress by 2018. 

He says the BBC should be expected to treat residents in the same way as they do those in the UK. It comes after the BBC agreed to cover the cost of providing TV licences for all UK residents aged over 75 phased in from 2018.

Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said the States of Jersey had already negotiated with the BBC for them to pay towards the cost of means tested free TV licences in Jersey from 2018 and cover the full cost by 2020.

Mounting pressure on States over population law

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There's mounting pressure to delay the introduction of Guernsey's new population management law just days before the States are being asked to approve the legislation. 

Deputy Peter Roffey describes the new system as "ludicrously restrictive" and its development as "appallingly secretive". 

Alderney
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The new law will introduce restrictions on licences for some job types, limit how long people can remain in the island but also make it easier to get permission for other types of essential jobs.

Deputy Roffey says he is particularly concerned about the rights of Alderney and Sark residents.

The Alderney element puts restrictions on Alderney residents wanting to move to Guernsey. This includes having 14 years residence in the Bailiwick and be under 30.  

President of the Committee for Home Affairs, Deputy Mary Lowe says it's important to remember the Alderney Resident Policy was agreed jointly with Alderney States on behalf of the people of Alderney.  

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Jersey Trading Standards is urging anyone who purchased M&S chicken and vegetable soup with a use by date of 30 March 2017 to return it to the shop as there is a chance it has been contaminated by chemicals.

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Jersey health authorities urged to keep patient data safe

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A body will be set up to ensure any data held about people by the Jersey health authority is kept safe, Nigel Minihane, the chairman of the Primary Care Body has said.

Hospital
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The comments come after a data protection expert urged the government to take precautions as it makes plans to put all patient data in a single database.

Phil Booth from campaign group Med Confidential says personal data has become a cause for concern over recent years and a similar scheme in the UK saw a major security breach recently.

Character is silencing critics - Vance

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says his side's recent Isthmian League Division One South form will have silenced some of their critics.

The Green Lions won 4-1 at relegation rivals Chatham on Saturday, moving them 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

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"There are a few people that will get back in their boxes now and be quiet again for a while," Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey. "We didn't have an away win in 18 months and everyone was going on about that, which was becoming boring."

Tax system 'could be redesigned' after review

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's tax system could be redesigned after figures showed that people on lower incomes are more affected by GST than others, says Treasury Minister Alan Maclean.

The review into how people in the island pay tax also looked at the effectiveness of measures to help those who need it.

Senator Maclean says the less well off are actually paying less income tax than they were 10 years ago.

Senator Alan Maclean
BBC

No system is every going to be perfect. It is clear from the data we have produced that the tax system has become more progressive than it was in 2006. There could well be changes ahead."

Senator Alan MacleanTreasury Minister

Power disruption in St Martin's

Local firm starts on Cayman tyre mountain

Guernsey Press

Guernsey Recycling Group has finally started shredding a mountain of more than half a million tyres in the Cayman Islands .  

Guernsey claim inter-insular hockey double

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey beat Jersey in the men's and women's inter-insular hockey games at Footes Lane.

The men won 4-3, while the Guernsey women's side were 4-2 victors over their island rivals.

Guernsey hockey
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"I think we had the majority of the game but we just couldn't take our chances," said Jersey men's coach Tom Boswell. "it's the same problem that we had last year."

Guernsey women's captain Gemma Underwood added: "It was still a tough game, I think we just finished our chances really. The last 15 minutes we were defending, but they just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net."

Jersey's tax system is under review

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The first part of a review into Jersey's taxation system has been published. 

It found that since the changes in 2006 lower income households are paying less income tax than before with higher earners paying more tax.

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Spark! lantern parade lights up Guernsey

Guernsey Press

Town was flooded with light on Saturday night as the lantern parade saw thousands of people march from Cambridge Park to the Albert Pier .  

Prescription charges on the way back?

Jersey Evening Post

The reintroduction of prescription charges is being considered as part of a review into how healthcare is paid for, the Social Security Minister has said .  

Sick leave scheme 'will save States money'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The revamp in how Guernsey deals with sick pay and absence from work will mean financial benefits for the States, although that isn't the reason behind the change, according to the head of operations at Employment and Social Security.

Ed Ashton says the system hasn't been reviewed for decades. He says new procedures will work with employers and GPs to do more to support people and encourage them to return to the workplace.

Guernsey high street
BBC

It is not the principle cause of the project. It is about maximising the workforce we have but also about not chasing very ill people off benefit to save cash.

Ed Ashton Head of Operations, Employment and Social Security

Former Jersey rugby chairman dies

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Former Jersey Reds chairman Chris Scott has died at the age of 64.

He held the role at the club between 2002 and 2008, having previously played for the side, and helped Jersey bring their first professional players to the island during a tenure which saw the team gain two promotions.

Away from rugby Scott spent 46 years working in the financial services industry.

A statement from his family said: "Chris passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully last night. Thank you for all your kind words and support. A loving father, husband and friend. He will be dearly missed."

Possible delays due to Jersey Water roadworks

BBC News Travel

Gloucester Street towards Sand Street is one-way only due to work in Seaton Place by Jersey Water.

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Deputy to speak at parliamentary conference on national security

Guernsey Press

Deputy Rob Prow has been invited to chair and speak at a session in a major international Parliamentary Conference on National Security in London .  

A fine and sunny day to come

BBC Weather

It will be a rather chilly start but this will lead to a fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine, with lighter winds than of late, it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

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Guernsey weather
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Two drivers banned for holding mobiles

Jersey Evening Post

Two motorists who rely on their licences for work have been banned from driving for handling their mobile phones while behind the wheel .  

Guernsey population plan 'out of date'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The new population management system in Guernsey has been described as "unsuitable" and "out of date" by politicians who are urging other States members to vote against it.

Guernsey states
BBC

Deputy Peter Roffey is leading calls for a change saying aspects of the new rules are out of date and in appropriate. 

The new rules include a number of changes including strict limits on how long people can stay and limit licences for certain types of jobs.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache says the laws were designed at a time when the island's economy was "much more buoyant". He says as the island economy is stagnant a new, simpler law is needed to take account of the post-Brexit uncertainty.

Deputy Neil Inder says he is likely to vote for the regime on the understanding it isn't "set in stone" and will be responsive to the needs of the economy.

Jersey tax review finds low earners 'paying less' than before

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

A review of how people are taxed in Jersey found households on low and middle incomes are paying less income tax now than they would have a decade ago.

money
bbc

The report for the treasury department by consultants Oxera is the first part of a wider review into the tax system in Jersey. Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean says it could lead to changes to the system.

It looked at the impact of government tax policies like '20 means 20' that requires higher earners to pay the full tax rate. It also looked at the Goods and Services Tax that was brought in a decade ago.

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