Guernsey

All Guernsey States services reviewed under plan

All services currently funded by the States of Guernsey could be reviewed as part of a move to produce a priority list for government projects.

The Policy Council said the current approach was "at best disjointed" for the more than 400 projects being undertaken across the States.

It has called for a plan to be created to decide how the island's "scarce resources" are used.

The first version is expected to take a year to produce at a cost of £255,000.

The proposal is due to be voted on at the States meeting at the end of July.

'No longer needed'

In its report, the council said: "The services delivered across the States have evolved incrementally over time and are not routinely reviewed to ensure they are still necessary and fit for purpose.

"It is perfectly possible, and likely, that some services, which were considered necessary when they were developed, are no longer needed.

"These projects are being driven by different aims and objectives, some States driven, some departmental, some legal.

"However, there is no overarching view of what the States considers are the important things that should be delivered as a priority, no mechanism for deciding on these and no structured reporting on progress."

The council has also called for a review of the "historically-based" departmental budgets, which it believes should instead be "service and project focussed".

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