Guernsey States and parish douzaines sign charter

A new charter between the States of Guernsey and the parish douzaines has been signed.

Work on the charter started in June 2010 with the Policy Council looking at where the relationship works well and where it can be improved.

It has been designed to reinforce the role and importance of the parish officials.

The charter also encourages the douzaines to take a more active role in the governance of the whole island.

The charter has four key points:

  • The importance of the douzaines (at grassroots level)
  • The good work undertaken by the douzaines as well as the strategic role of the States
  • The link between the States and the douzaines and the importance of maintaining existing good practice
  • The necessity for the parties to work in partnership for the benefit of the parishioners and the island as a whole

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