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  1. Blue Islands restarts Bristol flights

    Blue islands plane in flight

    Jersey to Bristol flights will resume from 3 August, Blue Islands has confirmed.

    The service will operate four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during August, becoming daily from September.

    They will depart Jersey at 15:10 BST and return from Bristol at 16:40, the airline said.

    CEO Rob Veron said the airline was introducing "enhanced wellbeing measures", including the use of masks, enhanced deep cleaning onboard, use of sanitisers and a microbe shield protective mist in the cabin.

  2. No plans for hospitality support beyond March

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    There are no plans to extend Jersey's co-funded payroll scheme for the hospitality sector beyond March, Senator Lyndon Farnham has said.

    However the minister for Economic Development said the scheme would be kept "under review" and the scheme would be amended "depending on the behaviour of the virus".

    The hospitality sector is included in phase three of the payroll scheme, which will continue until 2021 based on States approval.

    Businesses in the industry will be eligible for 60% of employees' wages, a figure that will gradually decrease through the winter months.

  3. States 80% payroll contribution 'unsustainable'

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    A continuation of the government's 80% contribution to Jersey's co-funded payroll scheme is "unsustainable", Senator Lyndon Farnham has said.

    Under phase three businesses will gradually receive less money from the government to help pay their employees, beginning with a 60% contribution in September that is expected to fall to 20% by March 2021.

    The Minister for Economic Development justified the initial 20% cut by claiming: "It's also important that businesses do not become reliant on that level of sustainability because then that reduces their ability to restructure and plan ahead for the new economy".

    Deputy Susie Pinel, the Treasury Minister said it was a case of "balancing the books" as the government's reserves were gradually used up.

    She added that "endless reviews" had showed the 80% contribution was no longer necessary "across the board".

  4. Over-75 licence fee consultation launched

    The BBC has launched a consultation on free licence fees for older people in Guernsey and Jersey, which will run until 10 September.

    The BBC Board decided from 1 August 2020 any UK household with someone aged over 75 who receives pension credit will be entitled to afree TV licence paid for by the BBC.

    This followed the UK government's withdrawal of funding for the scheme in 2015 and Parliament putting the decision in the BBC Board's hands in 2017.

    The BBC said it had a responsibility to determine whether a concession for older people should be extended to Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, following requests from the government of each Crown Dependency.

    Each government will be able to offer further concessions via its own benefits system if they choose to, the BBC said.

    The corporation added its current view is to fund a similar concession for older people in the islands as the UK, based on local income criteria where possible.

  5. Jersey unemployment falls below 2,000

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    The number of people seeking work in Jersey has fallen to 1,760, the Minister for Economic Development has said.

    In May there were 2,380 unemployed islanders, a number that has gradually fallen to the current figure, Senator Lyndon Farnham said.

    The number of claims from people with less than five years residency has dropped from a peak of 310 in May to 120 last week.

    Income support claims have also "steadily declined" according to the minister, who acknowledged there was "still some way to go".

  6. BreakingCo-funded payroll scheme to be extended until March 2021

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    Jersey's co-funded payroll scheme will be extended until March 2021 following States approval, the government has announced.

    Senator Lyndon Farnham, the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, said the scheme would continue until at least December on a "reduced scale".

    A further extension until March next year will need to be approved by the States Assembly.

    Under phase three of the scheme, the government will initially pay 60% of employees' wages in September and October, which will fall to 40% in November and December, 30% in January and February, and 20% in March.

    Businesses will be eligible for the scheme if they can prove a 20% reduction in turnover, compared to the previous 30% requirement.

    Phase two, which was extended until the end of August, offered up to 80% of employees' wages, up to a maximum of £1,600 per person each month.

    Deputy Susie Pinel said an estimated £140m will have been paid to businesses by March next year.

  7. Proposal to increase Jersey's minimum wage

    A deputy has proposed raising the minimum wage in Jersey from £8.32 to £8.66.

    If approved by the States Assembly, Deputy Geoff Southern's plans would come into force from April 2021

    He said the proposal would ensure "the States belatedly keeps its promise to raise the minimum wage to 45% of the average wage by the end of 2020".

    Deputy Southern added the change was needed as many are "struggling to make ends meet in the post Covid-19 economy".

    Quote Message: The Chief Minister, along with many of his ministerial colleagues, has recently recognised that the best way to get the economy moving is to put cash in the pockets of those on low earnings. Rather than one-off random bonuses, raising the minimum wage will provide welcome permanent support and help to reduce income inequality in the workforce. from Deputy Geoff Southern Reform Jersey politician
    Deputy Geoff SouthernReform Jersey politician
  8. Islanders 'discouraged' from visiting St Malo

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    St Malo

    The government of Jersey is discouraging islanders from visiting the St Malo area of Brittany in France this weekend.

    The advice is based on a recent spike in coronavirus cases in the French region.

    The government said it would not be changing the green status of France in its country risk assessment, "as it remains within the criteria at both national and regional levels".

    However the country will continue to be closely monitored and the rating amended if necessary, the States added.

    The advice does not apply to those driving through the St Malo area to visit other parts of France.

  9. British Airways extends Jersey-Heathrow route

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    British Airways (BA) will extend its flights from Jersey to London Heathrow until 8 November.

    The service temporarily replaced the usual route to London Gatwick during the coronavirus pandemic, and was expected to last for the month of July as BA "gradually builds up" its London operations.

    A service to London Gatwick is now expected to resume on 9 November.

    Customers who had booked to fly to Gatwick with the airline up until this period will be transferred to a Heathrow flight, the Ports of Jersey said.

    The airline is in the process of updating its website with the revised schedule, which has led to some customers being unable to view available flights for September and October.

  10. Children's care homes in Jersey to be reviewed

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    A review into children's care homes in Jersey will commence next month, the government has confirmed.

    The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA), which represents about 70% of all providers of residential care in England, will conduct the review across August and September.

    There are eight care homes in Jersey which house 21 children, and two "short-break" homes which are currently hosting 26 young people.

    In 2017 the Jersey Care Inquiry found that the government had "proved to be an ineffectual and neglectful substitute parent" after decades of abuse in children's care homes was revealed.

    Haut de la Garenne

    Children's Minister Sam Mezec said: "The decision to engage the Independent Children’s Homes Association is in-keeping with the intention to continue to improve services, with the help of independent experts, with no direct involvement in the delivery of care or support to children and young people in Jersey.

    "They will visit all the individual children’s homes and we are inviting recommendations from them to help us to ensure that we give the best possible care to the children and the young people who live or have short breaks in the homes."

    Chief executive of the ICHA Peter Sandiford described it as a "unique opportunity" and said the independent reviewer was "proud and humbled" to be involved.

  11. Missing Liz McDougall found

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    A 65-year-old woman who went missing in Jersey for four days has been found, police have confirmed.

    Liz McDougall was last seen in the area of La Route de la Hougue Bie in St Martin at about 17:00 BST on 26 July.

    The States of Jersey Police said Liz had been found "safe and well" on Thursday, and is "now receiving some care that she needs after being outside for a few days".

    Ms McDougall was a resident at Cedar Ward at St Saviour’s Hospital, and was dropped off by her husband after spending a weekend at home, police said.

    Sometime later it was established that she hadn’t returned to the ward and was subsequently reported missing.

    A search group set up on Facebook had more than 1,000 members, about 1% of the Jersey population.

    One participant said more than 100 people had turned up to look for Ms McDougall on Wednesday.

    The water level at a resevoir in the island was also lowered as part of the search, and an aircraft from the Channel Islands Air Search was deployed on Monday to assist.

  12. Proposed 2% cut to social security contributions

    A plan to cut the social security contributions of Jersey workers by 2% has been lodged with the States Assembly.

    The measure, which is part of the £150m of economic stimulus proposed by ministers on 10 July, will be debated by the States Assembly in September.

    The reduction will apply to earnings of up to £4,558 per month, including for self-employed people, the Government of Jersey said.

    It will mean approximately 55,000 islanders see their monthly take home pay increase.

    If the proposal is approved, the cut in rates will apply from 1 October until 30 June 2021.

    Quote Message: This cut in contributions enables Islanders to have a little extra each month to spend in the local economy and I urge Islanders to support Jersey businesses and services over the coming months to help us recover as quickly as possible. from Deputy Scott Wickenden Assistant Minister for Social Security
    Deputy Scott WickendenAssistant Minister for Social Security
  13. Country coronavirus risk classifications updated

    An updated coronavirus risk classification of countries, based on its three tiered system of evaluating safety, will come into force on Thursday, the Government of Jersey has announced.

    The rules on arrivals from Belgium and Bahamas have been made stricter, with both countries moving from green to amber.

    This means passengers will have to self isolate for five days and receive a negative Covid-19 test before they can freely move around the island.

    Argentina has moved from amber to red, meaning arrivals will have to quarantine for a full two weeks, while Saudi Arabia has been downgraded to amber.

    Green, amber and red country self isolation requirements
  14. Infrastructure staff work on sea lettuce removal increase

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Infrastructure Department could soon be able to dispose of twice as much sea lettuce as it does now, thanks to new processes at Bellozanne.

    At the moment, machines are taking 80 tonnes of the algae bloom off the beach in St Aubins Bay each week - the most that could be composted because of the high amount of salt it contained, bosses said.

    But waste management head Deputy Kevin Lewis said they could soon be able to take far more as staff were trying to develop equipment which squeezed out water from the lettuce as it was gathered, also removing salt and water which affected the composting process.

    Meanwhile, a local beach cafe owner has applied for a license to remove lettuce herself from in front of her cafe.

    Lucy Morris, from Nude Food Beach Cafe, said the amount that built up could be off-putting for her customers.

    The States said the large amount of weed this year could be partly due to the spillage of animal waste two months ago.

    Sea lettuce in Jersey
  15. Reservoir water to be lowered in missing woman search

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Water levels are to be lowered at a reservoir in Jersey in a search for a missing woman, police have said.

    Jersey Police said 65-year-old Elizabeth (also known as Liz) McDougall had not been seen since she was dropped off at St Saviour's Hospital on Sunday evening.

    Searches have been carried out in and around the area.

    Police said water levels would be lowered in Queen's Valley as part of the operation.

    Officers have asked people not carry out their own extensive searches, but said they were encouraging islanders to check gardens and outbuildings.

    Specially trained officers have been supporting Mrs McDougall's family.

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  16. Bailiff's £1.2m fund cash to help health services

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Nearly £350,000 from a Jersey charity fund will be used to help front line staff with their mental health.

    The money for Health and Community Services will come from the Bailiff's £1.2m appeal which was set up to help charities tackle coronavirus.

    More than 150 people have donated to the fund.

    From the fund, another £600,000 was go to Health and Community Services to help pay for the equipment it needed to care for patients, fund managers said.

    A further £80,00 was to be given to St John Ambulance, which supported the health services throughout the pandemic, they added.

    The organisations were expected to receive the funds by Friday, fund managers said.

  17. Cineworld not opening Jersey site yet

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Cinema operator Cineworld is not to open its Jersey site yet because of the island's coronavirus restrictions.

    The chain is opening sites across England on Saturday.

    But the company said cinemas in Jersey, Wales, Scotland and Ireland would stay closed but it would monitor the situation in Jersey closely.

    Cineworld Jersey
  18. Blue Islands restarting inter-island flights for business

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Blue Islands has announced the restart of its inter-island service between Guernsey and Jersey - but only for business travel.

    The day return-only flights, from 6 August, would serve islanders who were travelling under the recently launched Business Tunnels initiative.

    Bosses said travellers would have to notify the States of Guernsey at least seven days prior to the journey using a form. A pre-departure registration must then be completed before arrival in Jersey.

    Blue Islands boss Rob Veron said the step was a "small" one towards resuming a regular schedule.

    He also reiterated a commitment that normal operations could be resumed from September - if Guernsey's government allowed.

  19. JT to give out free mobile phones for 999 calls

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey Telecom (JT) says it will give free mobile phones to people who do not have them to make sure they can contact the emergency services if landlines do not work.

    The company's decision follows a major network breakdown earlier this month which left people unable to call 999 from landline phones.

    The outage left JT customers without phone signal or internet for at least four hours and has been described as the worst in the comany's 132-year history.

    People were still able to call the emergency services from their mobiles though.

    Graeme Millar, JT's chief executive, said he hoped the mobiles would reassure people who only had access to a home phone at the moment.

    He said: "I don't want anyone on the island to feel vulnerable or that they can't get help."