Guernsey governance report criticised by committee members

A report on governance in Guernsey has been criticised by some of the members of the Public Accounts Committee.

The four non-political members of the committee have written to States Deputies to complain about some of the proposals contained in the report.

They say moves to replace members of the public with consultants in the committees would in fact compromise independence and governance.

The report will be debated by States members next week.

It was written by political members of the States Scrutiny, Public Accounts and States Assembly and Constitution Committees, and looked at how the island could achieve good governance.

The four non-political members of the Public Accounts Committee wrote to all States members asking them to reject the report.

Advocate Mark Helyar, former Deputy Mike Best, Chris Bradshaw and John Thomas said two proposals in the study would directly go against the idea of good governance within the States.

They stated that the suggestions could open the way to conflicted and tainted advice and possible self interest in terms of pay and consultancy fees.

As non-political members of the committee, the four were not allowed to directly address the States Assembly with their concerns.

Head of the Public Accounts Committee, Deputy Leon Gallienne, was unavailable for comment.

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