Jersey

Jersey's chief minister plans public policy presentations

Jersey's government will hold a series of public meetings to explain its decisions and face questions.

This is in response to calls from Reform Jersey politician, Deputy Montfort Tadier, to open up the Council of Ministers meetings to the public.

Deputy Tadier said it would make the government more transparent.

Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said he could not support this proposal as ministers needed to be able to have "a full and frank discussion".

He said the council of ministers worked under collective responsibility and needed to be able to freely discuss issues before coming to a collective decision.

Deputy Tadier said: "The ideal of an open, transparent, accountable and responsive government is not one that can be achieved overnight, but by taking small steps in the right direction."

He said opening up the Council of Ministers meetings was "just one of those small steps".

Senator Gorst said he was committed to openness, transparency and accountability in government and would focus on "taking democracy into the community".

This would involve a series of community meetings in parish venues, ministerial drop-in meetings with the chief minister and three other ministers and online "ask the minister" events on social media.

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