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Summary

  1. Assisted dying proposals rejected
  2. Palliative and end of life care review agreed
  3. Match abandoned after cows invade pitch
  4. Updates from Monday 14 May until Friday 18 May 2018

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  1. Weather: Dry tonight with lots of sunshine this weekend

    BBC Weather

    Tonight it will be another dry night with mostly clear skies and there will be a light north-easterly breeze.

    Minimum temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F)

    Jersey and Guernsey weather

    On Saturday it will be another dry and fine day with sunny blue skies.

    It will stay sunny into the evening too with a light east or north-easterly breeze.

    Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F)

  2. Gas prices to increase in Jersey from June

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Gas prices in Jersey will rise by 1.9% from 1 June, the first increase by Jersey Gas in almost four years.

    It will add around £17 a year to the average bill.

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    Jersey Gas Managing Director, Ian Plenderleith, said: "The price increase is a direct result of the increase in the price of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), which has risen by 22% in the last year.

    "We've worked diligently to keep our tariffs stable and competitive over the years, this being the fourth consecutive winter without a price increase for our customers."

  3. Law allowing same-sex marriages could be passed in July

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    An amended law that would allow for same-sex and open-air marriages to take place in Jersey could come into force as early as 1 July.

    The Community and Constitutional Affairs Department says the new legislation will have been considered by the Privy Council by the end of this month.

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    That would allow it to be registered in the Royal Court in time for an Appointed Day Act. This could be put to the new States Assembly during the sitting that begins on 26 June.

    If adopted, the legislation would then come into force one week later, on 1 July.

  4. Assisted dying: 'An incredibly difficult debate'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    After joining the majority of Guernsey's deputies to reject proposals for assisted dying, Deputy Heidi Soulsby says she does not know anyone who will be "pleased" with the result.

    But, she adds, now was not the time for the island to adopt an "assisted dying regime".

    Coming away from the debate, Deputy Soulsby now has a mandate to improve end of life care in the island. She says the need for these improvements are nothing new to her, but the vote has given more details about how they might go about it in the future.

    She added: "We cannot improve every service we provide, you can never have enough money for health and social care".

    Deputy Soulsby said improving palliative care could be the answer to the improvements, but there may also be changes needed in other services.

  5. Complaint lodged against Kuttelwascher for comments

    Rory O'Reilly

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Pro assisted dying campaigner Sarah Griffith says she has lodged a formal complaint against Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher under the States Code of Conduct rules for his remarks outside the States on the first day on debate.

    The Bailiff's Office has confirmed a formal complaint has been lodged but cannot say who it has been brought against.

    It follows an apology from Mr Kuttelwascher earlier for the upset caused by his comments about suicide on the steps of the States building on Wednesday.

  6. It was important to have this debate - Gavin St Pier

    Euan Mahy

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Quote Message: We always knew it was going to be an uphill struggle so I'm not remotely surprised at the result, but we were pleased with the level of support that we did have." from Deputy Gavin St Pier
    Deputy Gavin St Pier

    Mr St Pier described calls to shorten or derail the debate on introducing assisted dying, which was not adopted by the States, as "not good for Guernsey".

    He said: "To have been through this for 10 or 11 weeks and not have a full debate at the end of it would have been the worst of all possible worlds so I'm delighted we've had a full and proper debate.

    "The important thing is we've brought this topic up the agenda, it hasn't been debated (in Guernsey) for 14 years, we've now had a debate, a conclusion has been reached - we accept that result."

  7. 'Strong rejection' of assisted dying welcomed

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Care Not Killing, which is a UK-based group representing more than 40 organisations, has welcomed the States of Guernsey's decision not to pursue introducing assisted dying.

    Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director, described the proposals as "dangerous" and said Guernsey’s deputies "recognised the erosion of so-called safeguards" in places where assisted dying is legal - like Belgium, the Netherlands and the American states of Oregon and Washington.

    He said: "Parliamentarians across the UK have rightly rejected attempts to introduce assisted suicide and euthanasia 10 times since 2003 out of concern for public safety."

    Dr Saunders said: "We know the deputies in Guernsey will now turn their attention to the real issues facing disabled people and the terminally ill on the Island, ensuring equality of access to the very best health care available and how to fund this."

  8. Campaigners aim to raise assisted dying at next election

    After the States of Guernsey rejected a move to look into assisted dying campaigners in the island have vowed to continue to raise the issue around the next election in 2020.

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  9. Assisted dying: Shows 'immense public support for change'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The assisted dying debate in Guernsey has proved there is "immense public support for change", the head of a campaign group has said.

    Sarah Wootton, chief executive of Dignity in Dying which campaigns for assisted dying in the UK, said many islanders and people beyond the island would be "disappointed" with the result, "particularly those who have seen the suffering caused by the current law".

    "Today, many deputies voted against the prospect of even beginning a consultation on this issue, despite claiming that they were not in principle opposed to assisted dying," she said.

    However, she added the debate "paved the way for future progress" by showing the medical community, such as the British Medical Association, would provide guidance if the law was to change.

    Ms Wootton added she hoped the Health and Social Care Committee would, in its review of palliative and end of life care examine "strong evidence" from the US that assisted dying can compliment and improve these areas.

  10. Review of health care to focus on three areas

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A review of palliative and end of life care should be completed before June 2020, the States has agreed.

    The review - the only successful part of a call to introduce assisted dying - will look at three areas:

    • Improvements in the provision, availability and/or affordability of community services, primary care, aids and adaptations, and long-term care
    • Greater investment in person-centered care for all who require health and care services on an ongoing basis, and recognition and support for the friends and family who surround them, especially those who have caring responsibilities towards them
    • Possible developments in end-of-life care, such as increasing the hours of provision of specialist palliative care, the on island availability of specialist consultants, the provision of counselling and support services, and/or the provision of alternative medication and technologies for pain relief

    This work is due to be carried out alongside other States work including the Disability and Inclusion Strategy.

  11. Alternative assisted dying plans may have 'resource issues'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    In his summing up Deputy Gavin St Pier warned a move to improve palliative and end of life care faced the same resource issue that had been used as an argument against the assisted dying proposals.

    The call for a healthcare review was supported by the States of Guernsey, while the assisted dying proposals failed.

    He said the issues around palliative care were not going away, and if the health committee did not come back with palliative care proposals that included assisted dying as a possibility politicians "wouldn't be doing their job".

    Addressing "scaremongering" concerns, he said assisted dying would not create an constitutional clash with the UK, issues within the islands healthcare system or "normalise suicide".

    He said "it will lead for better protection for the vulnerable" adding the current laws around dying were not doing so.

    Concluding he said if individuals were determined to take their own lives and could not do so in a "safe way" the States was "failing them" and the existence of choice would give a choice to many.

  12. Deputies 'disappointed' with assisted dying defeat

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The defeat of the assisted dying plans "was not entirely unexpected" according to a statement on behalf of the seven politicians behind the move.

    It says: "We believe that a majority of the population do support a change in the law.

    "However, we live in a representative democracy and our parliamentary assembly, the States of Deliberation, has by majority, made a democratic decision which settles the matter in Guernsey.

    "We remain of the view that this is an inevitable change which in the fullness of time Guernsey will one day adopt.

    "However, that is matter for our parliamentary successors, not us."

    Despite the defeat, the statement said the politicians were "pleased" the issue had been fully debated.

  13. Assisted dying - not a close vote

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    In the end after three days of debate the States decided against pursuing introducing an assisted dying regime.

    The voting was as followed:

    • On ensuring there is an effective capacity legislation in place before an assisted dying law along as the non-discrimination and equality for disabled people, extension of the international human rights conventions and an independent body concerned with islanders equality and rights - lost 16-22
    • Working party to investigate assisted dying legislation - lost 14-24
    • For Alderney and Guernsey to work together to develop a suitable policy and legal regime to permit assisted dying in both islands - lost 11-26
  14. Healthcare review agreed as assisted dying rejected

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The States agreed by a vote of 37-1 that due to the ageing population and the "substantial anticipated increase in health and care needs over the next 10 to 20 years" the "measures necessary to improve quality of life and health outcomes for all islanders towards the end of their lives" would be investigated.

    More to follow.

  15. BreakingAssisted dying proposals defeated

    Assisted dying proposals defeated in the States.

  16. Assisted dying: 'Living worse than dying for some'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Deputy Gavin St Pier's closing speech began by highlighting the "toll" the assisted dying debate had taken on the island and States members.

    "This is not a subject to be treated flippantly, it is a weighty topic... we make no apologies for that," Mr St Pier said.

    He addressed a few points made in deputies' speeches, touching on Lord Faulkner's positive comments with regard to how the legislation would be treated by the UK parliament.

    Addressing the issue of improved palliative care, he said whilst improvements were needed, for some terminally ill people "living was worse than dying".

    He said he'd received a letter from a parent of a women called Fiona, who was 31 and suffering from brain cancer.

    Fiona died after choosing to have terminal sedation, according to Deputy St Pier, but suffered five days of "continual waking and pain" which is why palliative care it isn't always the answer.

    The speech continues.

  17. Match abandoned after pitch invasion by herd of cows

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

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    Video caption: Video courtesy of Tom Martel

    More than 50 cows invaded the pitch at Blanche Pierre Lane, St Martin, Guernsey.

    The match between Centrals and Thrive Physiotherapy in the Railway 2 league had to eventually be abandoned.

    Cows on a football pitch