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Summary

  1. States criticised for spending £20m on consultants in five years
  2. Nearly £1.8m has been spent this year hiring agency staff because of a shortage of social workers in Jersey
  3. Move to stop higher tax allowances for pensioners defeated
  4. Development plan - to cover planning over next 10 years - is passed
  5. It's emerged the cost of the renovation works at Salerie Corner has increased - the junction's being changed to give greater priority to cyclists after a fatal collision in 2013
  6. Guernsey minimum wage rise approved
  7. Jersey beat Italy to get first win
  8. Stuart Trought re-elected as President of the States of Alderney
  9. Updates on Wednesday 2 November 2016

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That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

More than 3,500 tenancy deposits protected in scheme's first year

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A scheme to protect tenants by placing deposits into a central fund has had more than 3,500 deposits in its first year.

Mydeposits Jersey was launched a year ago today when it became a legal requirement for the deposits to be placed in the scheme - those who don't do so within 30 days could be fined up to £2,000.

Housing Minister Anne Pryke said: "I am immensely pleased with the response to the scheme.

"More than 3,500 tenant deposits have been received so far from over 1,100 landlords and agents, and this will increase further over the next few years."

Tenancy deposit protection is designed to ensure tenants get their deposit back when they’re entitled to it at the end of the tenancy."

Eddie HookerMydeposits Chief executive officer

Minimum wage increases approved

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey States members have approved increases in the minimum wage - to come into effect from 1 January 2017.

The adult rate has risen from £6.85 to £7.20 an hour while for those aged 16 and 17 years old it has risen from £6.10 to £6.50 per hour.

Decision to keep pensioners' personal tax allowance will cost island

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Deputy Gavin St Pier says the decision to keep pensioners' personal tax allowance will cost the island dear in future years.

Over 65s get a higher allowance on what they can earn tax free than younger islanders.

Deputy Gavin St Pier
BBC

Deputies voted 27 to 11 against the move to close the higher allowances to new joiners - those who turn 65.

He said: "Our estimate is that over the first 10 years, in which new claims are added, that will equate to £1.5m to £2m a year and we just simply believe that could be better used in more effective targeting of benefits."

Weather: Dry night but there may be some early frost

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night for all of us with clear skies and light winds.

This will allow temperatures to fall away after dark with a patchy grass frost possible for some. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

Weather map
BBC

A chilly and bright start to Thursday with plenty of sunny periods through most of the day.

The cloud will increase into the evening with occasional rain likely overnight. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Significant drop in assaults, police say

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey police have seen a significant drop in the number of people being assaulted.

So far this year they've dealt with 693 attacks of varying degrees - from common assault to murder.

Last year in the same period they had worked on more than 800 by the end of October.

Officers say its very rare for them to see the worst levels of violence - most cases are common or grave and criminal assault.

Jersey man makes Donald Trumpkin to slow down traffic for his cats

Cameron Ward

BBC Radio Jersey

A St Brelade resident made a Donald Trump-esque pumpkin man in a bid to slow traffic down for his cats.

Ron Mills, the man behind Donald Trumpkin - an effigy of Donald Trump in front of an American flag, told BBC Radio Jersey his story.

Ron Mills of St Brelade tells Kate Jennings why he made a Donald Trumpesque pumpkin man

Jersey minimum wage risks falling further behind UK

BBC Radio Jersey

It's argued the minimum amount workers in Jersey are paid risks falling further behind the UK for the sake of an extra 2p an hour.

Backbench politician Deputy Sam Mezec wants the planned rise in the minimum wage next year to go up to £7.20 an hour.

He says it's already embarrassing that Jersey's lowest-paid workers get less than they would in Guernsey, which has a lower cost of living.

Island Development Plan approved

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Debate started last month and 18 changes were made to the draft, but the Island Development Plan has now been unanimously approved by the States of Guernsey.

The plan sets how land in the island will be used in the future.

It includes a commitment to affordable homes, areas set aside for conservation, agriculture, development and light industry and areas to be protected for environmental or biodiversity reasons.

Cost of junction renovation work increases

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

It's emerged the cost of the renovation works at Salerie Corner in Guernsey has increased.

The junction's being changed to give greater priority to cyclists, after a fatal collision in 2013.

Salerie Corner
BBC

During a statement in the States by the Environment and Infrastructure President Barry Brehaut, Deputy Peter Ferbrache asked whether the cost of the project had increased to £80,000 - up from the £50,000 originally budgeted.

While Deputy Brehaut did not give an exact figure he did say increased costs were seen due to the addition of a CCTV camera by the police.

Jersey kickboxer says she is 'step closer' to Olympics

BBC Sport

A Jersey kickboxer who has won a bronze medal in her weight division at the European kickboxing championships in Slovenia says she is a "step closer" to the Olympics.

Monika Markowska
Other

Monika Markowska's podium place at the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations, European division, means she gets to represent Great Britain at the World Games in Poland next summer. 

She said: "The world games is organised by the same committee as the Olympics. It's not all going to happen for another four or eight years, but it's a step closer."

First volunteers master crafts to make Neolithic longhouse

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The first group of volunteers have mastered new skills in a jersey heritage project to make a Neolithic longhouse.

Longhouse
Jersey Heritage

The new skills include scraping bark, hewing timber, making pegs and making cordage. 

Longhouse
Jersey Heritage

These core volunteers will be teaching larger volunteer groups over the coming months, Jersey Heritage said.  

'CCTV adds to cost' of junction renovation

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Environment and Infrastructure President Barry Brehaut has not given an exact figure of how much renovation works at Salerie Corner have increased by. 

It's thought the project could have risen from £50,000 to £80,000.

President Barry Brehaut
BBC

Deputy Brehaut said the addition of a CCTV camera by the police had added to the cost.

"There were original costings that were overseen by the board at a political level and approved," he said. "As the board evolved it was clear that other aspects needed to be taken into account and added to that total cost."

Latest headlines for the Channel Islands this afternoon

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • Nearly £1.8m has been spent this year hiring agency staff because of a shortage of social workers in Jersey
  • Jersey politician Sam Mezec wants the planned rise in the minimum wage next year to be bigger
  • Jersey police have seen a significant drop in the number of people being assaulted

Guernsey

  • Pensioners' personal tax allowance has escaped unscathed in Guernsey's 2017 budget
  • It's emerged the cost of the renovation works at Salerie Corner has increased - the junction's being changed to give greater priority to cyclists after a fatal collision in 2013
  • The head of Guernsey's Planning Committee is hoping there'll be no more last minute changes to the Island Development Plan when it comes before the States this afternoon

Personal tax allowance for pensioners unchanged

BBC Radio Guernsey

Personal tax allowance for pensioners has escaped unscathed in Guernsey's 2017 Budget. 

There were plans to remove the allowance which can currently save the over 65s up to £355 a year in income tax, compared with younger residents.

But deputies voted 27 to 11 against the move. The rest of the 2017 Budget was approved unchanged. 

Cost of social workers in Jersey 'increases 10-fold in three years'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Nearly £1.8m has been spent this year hiring agency staff because of a shortage of social workers in Jersey. 

That's a 10-fold increase in the cost of employing agency staff to cover permanent positions in three years. 

The figures - from a question asked in the States - show since 2013 when £180,000 was spent employing nine agency staff out of about 80 social workers, that by September this year the number from agencies had soared to 57, costing £1.8m.

Latest weather: Brightening up but turning much colder

BBC Weather

It will be an increasingly dry and bright afternoon with sunny spells, but it will feel a lot colder. 

The maximum temperature will be 12C (54F).

It will feel chilly overnight, but largely dry, with light winds and occasional clear spells. The minimum temperature will be 5C (41F).

Jersey

Weather
BBC

Guernsey

Weather
BBC

It's not cricket: What do sightseers in LA know about the sport?

BBC Sport

Jersey are in Los Angeles taking part in World League Division Four.

But how interested in cricket are LA tourists...?

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£20m consultants bill 'should be combated by database of skills held by civil servants'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey States members have been asked to look for local experts first, before employing consultants at extra cost to the taxpayer. 

Consultants
Reuters

A report shows that departments have spent £20m over the last five years on bringing experts to the island. 

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Deputy Andrew Lewis, has suggested setting up a database of skills held by civil servants.

Road sweeper hits wall after car crash

BBC Radio Jersey

A road sweeper hit a wall after being involved in a crash with a Jaguar car on Mount Bingham this morning. 

The vehicle was coming down the hill just before 08:00 when it slid into the path of the car coming in the opposite direction.

After the vehicles crashed the road sweeper went through a wall before stopping.

Both drivers were not hurt. The road was closed until 11:00 while the wall was made safe. It's not known how much repairs will cost.

Guernsey unemployment falls

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

There were 359 people unemployed at the end of October, a decrease of eight on the September figure. At the end of October last year the number was 405. 

Last month a further 243 people were also registered as unemployed, but had some work during the last week of the month. 

Employment
PA

This number includes people in part-time or casual employment as well as some people who are fully employed but who are eligible for supplementary benefit on top of their low earnings. 

There were also 47 people on training schemes. In Alderney, six people were registered as unemployed at the end of October.

Consultants can 'demoralise' civil servants

BBC Radio Jersey

Deputy Andrew Lewis, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, said the use of consultants can "demoralise" Jersey States staff.

Andrew Lewis
BBC

The statement comes in response to figures which show £20m has been spent on consultants over the last five years.

"There is a place for consultants," he said. But then you're spending millions of pounds on staff already, where some of the skills set exists, then you bring in a consultant as well, that doesn't only demoralise some of the staff but also it costs the public more money."

Jersey Heritage begins Neolithic longhouse build

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Jersey Heritage has started its project to build a Neolithic longhouse at La Hougue Bie using ancient tools and crafts. 

work starts on the longhouse
Jersey Heritage

It's a volunteer project, working with experts from the Ancient Technology Centre, to bring to life Jersey's Neolithic past.   

Longhouse
Jersey Heritage

Jersey kickboxer wins bronze medal

BBC Sport

A Jersey kickboxer has won a bronze medal in her weight division at the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations, European division, in Slovenia. 

Kickboxer
Other

Monika Markowska's podium place, means she gets to represent Great Britain at the World Games in Poland next Summer. 

She says she's delighted to reach such a high level.

States should 'back off' from penalising older generation

BBC Radio Guernsey

Chairman of Age Concern Dave Inglis wants deputies to dip into Guernsey's £330m bond to help pensioners out because of plans to take away higher personal allowances for over 65s.

Pensioner
BBC

He said: “It [Guernsey States] needs to balance the books, there’s no doubt about it, but there are other areas in the community which could be addressed.

“I really would like them to back off penalising the older generation.”

Hail showers and stormy seas shown on latest set of stamps

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A set of eight stamps showing Jersey's beauty during winter are set to be released by Jersey Post.

Stamps
Andy Le Gresley

Featured across the eight stamps are Corbière Lighthouse surrounded by stormy winter seas, a winter wonderland at St Catherine’s Woods, cold water at Noirmont Tower, snow at Mont Orgueil Castle, night skies at Les Écréhous, hail showers passing by La Moye Golf Course, a winter woodland at Noirmont and gales blowing into the headland at Corbière.

Jersey Post’s Winter stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from Friday.

Guernsey's Island Development Plan 'more like a game of football'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Island Development Plan, which sets out what can be built and where, goes before the States again today.

John Gallop
BBC

Deputy John Gollop says at the moment says the plan, which has already had more than 30 amendments, is more like a game of football. 

"We have more than outlived the time of this match, we're into extra time, injury time," he said.

"The professional community, I think by a majority want to move forward."

Call for use of Guernsey bond to help pensioners

BBC Radio Guernsey

There's calls this morning for deputies to use Guernsey's £330m bond to help the island's 17,500 pensioners.

Pensioner
BBC

It's because of plans in the budget to take away higher personal allowances for the over 65s. 

Chairman of Age Concern Dave Inglis says if the policy is passed it will hit the most vulnerable members of society. He wants deputies to dip into the bond to help people out. 

Stamps show stunning Jersey during winter

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Dramatic photographs showing Jersey during the winter months will feature on Jersey Post’s latest set of stamps, to be issued on Friday. 

Stamps
Andy Le Gresley

Each of the eight stamps depicts a wonderful wintry scene.

The images have been taken by local photographer Andy Le Gresley who also took the photographs for Jersey Post’s Jersey Seasons: Summer and Jersey Seasons: Autumn collections.

Tighter controls on Jersey finance houses announced

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's government has announced tighter controls on how island finance houses keep details of who owns companies they administer. 

Coming the week after UK politicians criticised the island for its tax system, the updated policy also tightens the way they keep details of company directors. 

Senator Philip Ozouf said it would demonstrate that Jersey is a responsible neighbour to the UK and Europe.

Guernsey's Island Development Plan to be debated

BBC Radio Guernsey

The politician in charge of planning policy in Guernsey hopes the Island Development Plan won't be changed with any last minute amendments. 

There's already more than 30 amendments as deputies begin debating the plan again today, after three days of talks last month. 

It sets out what can be built where in Guernsey, but Deputy John Gollop isn't sure if the States will pass it.

Hotspots to be targeted in speeding crackdown

Jersey Evening Post

More honorary police officers in St Helier are being trained to use speed guns as the parish aims to boost its ability to catch offenders in speeding hotspots.

Quick selfie ahead of first World League Division Four win

BBC Sport

What's the first thing you do ahead of an LA cricket match at World League Division Four?

Take a selfie of course!

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BreakingCrash closes roads around Mount Bingham

BBC Travel

A van has hit a wall on Mount Bingham, closing roads around the area.

There are no injuries but the hill is closed between South Hill and Green Street, and Green Street to Pier Road.

'Busy lives' to blame for lack of candidates for parish elections

BBC Radio Guernsey

The senior constable of St Martin in Guernsey blames busy working lives for a lack of interest, and candidates, in today's parish elections. 

Only St Peter Port parishioners will go to the polls to elect a constable and five douzeniers. 

Phil Soulsby has been the St Martin's senior constable for three years. He says many people can't afford to give time to their parish. 

Shark snapped off Corbière

Jersey Evening Post

A porbeagle shark – a species that closely resembles the great white – has been spotted 200 metres off Corbière.

Criticism over proposals to take away tax allowances for pensioners

BBC Radio Guernsey

There's criticism this morning from a Guernsey charity over proposals by the States to take away tax allowances for pensioners. 

Pensioner
BBC

The budget - being debated this week - plans to remove higher personal allowances for the over 65s.

But Chairman of Age Concern Dave Inglis says the policy is hitting the most vulnerable members of society. 

Weather forecast: Bright this afternoon, but turning much colder

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy start across the islands, perhaps with a little light rain or drizzle. 

However this will ease through the morning, leaving a dry and bright afternoon with sunny spells. It will feel a lot colder.

The maximum temperature will be 12C (54F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Armed police on Sark due to training exercise

BBC Radio Guernsey

Islanders are being reassured armed police spotted in Sark were on a training exercise not because of concerns over open borders. 

That's the message from Guernsey Police and one of the island's constables. It comes after the Sark Newspaper suggested they'd been sent over following fears of migrants. 

The force says each year firearms officers must complete a training exercise and this gives them a taste of working outside of Guernsey. 

Folk band calls for public help to make second album

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jerriais folk band wants people to help pay for its second album. 

Badlabecques
BBC

Badlabecques have started a crowd funding site to raise £2,500.

People can make pledges for a range of rewards - from just £1 for a "thank you and a warm Jerriais glow" to £10 to pre-order the CD itself.