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  1. Jersey fiscal stimulus fund opens

    Freddie Miller

    BBC Jersey political reporter

    A £50m fiscal stimulus fund set up by the Government of Jersey has opened for applications.

    The fund allows States departments, arms-length and not-for-profit organisations to bid for money for short-term projects aimed at boosting the coronavirus pandemic hit economy.

    To be granted some of the money, organisers need to show how their project will increase local economic activity and create jobs.

    It's suggested plans aimed at improving the island's infrastructure, helping islanders gain new skills or investing in technology could be amongst those eligible for funding.

    The first round of applications is open until the end of the year, with successful projects due to be announced in March.

    The latest forecast showed the value of Jersey's economy to be 6% lower than predicted before the pandemic.

  2. Enforce guidance for 'greater good' says deputy who had Covid

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A deputy who was hospitalised with coronavirus has argued the Government of Jersey needs to change some coronavirus safety guidelines into laws "for the greater good".

    St Mary's Deputy David Johnson spent five days in the General Hospital in April with the virus but has now made a full recovery.

    He said the island was reaching the point where guidance should be mandatory as there were "some pockets of people" who either do not understand or recognise the need for public health measures.

    Mr Johnson added: "We have to do what we can to educate them and if not, enforce them."

  3. UK questioned over Brexit and representation of islands

    A senior member of the House of Lords has written to the UK government with questions about the Crown Dependencies and the Brexit process.

    Lord Kinnoull, Chairman of the Lords European Committee, sent a letter to UK minister Michael Gove asking him to answer 11 questions on constitutional issues and the implication of Brexit on Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

    The letter follows allegations the UK is "trampling" on the constitutional relationship with the Channel Islands over a provision in its recent fisheries bill, which claims to allow the government to legislate for the islands without their consent.

    Among the questions asked to Mr Gove were:

    • What steps has the Government taken to ensure that the concerns and interests of the Crown Dependencies have been taken into account during the future relationship negotiations with the EU?
    • Will any UK-EU future relationship agreement take account of the Crown Dependencies’ unique relationship with the UK and the EU, including the Channel Islands’ bilateral relationship with France?
    • What steps are you taking to protect the Crown Dependencies’ trade in goods with the EU, in particular in fisheries, agriculture and manufacturing?

    The letter with the full list of questions is available online.

  4. Information to be sent to prior year taxpayers

    Anyone in Jersey who will be moving from paying their tax on a prior year basis (PYB) to a current year basis will be contacted by tax authorities to inform them of what happens next.

    Revenue Jersey will send letters to explain the steps the which need to be completed undertake with the change.

    The decision to streamline all tax payments in Jersey from 2020 was made by the States Assembly earlier in November.

    All payments from PYB and pay on account taxpayers have made this year to pay their 2019 tax bill will be used to pay 2020's bill instead, the Government of Jersey confirmed.

    Their 2019 tax bill will be frozen and they will not need to begin paying it until 2025.

    Anyone who pays their taxes on account do not need to make their usual November payment, but can if they wish to.

  5. Jersey house prices and sales up since July

    House prices and turnover in Jersey have both risen in the third quarter of the year, according to new figures.

    The period between August and October saw house prices up by 1% on the second quarter of 2020 and 3% up on the same period last year.

    The sale of houses was more than double the period between April and July, which had seen the lowest turn over in seven years, Statistics Jersey revealed.

    Graph showing Jersey house prices going up since 2002
  6. States parental absence recognition proposed

    A proposal has been put to the Jersey States Assembly that would allow members to be automatically excused from meetings if they have recently become a parent.

    Currently, any member must formally request, via a colleague, that they are excused from a sitting.

    These requests can also be challenged by another member and rejected by a vote of the States.

    Deputy Louise Doublet's proposal would amend these rules so "parental responsibilities" are added into the category excuse for absence, which cannot be voted on or challenged.

    Her proposal argues "fair provision" should be made for States members who are parents and current rules "discourage parents of young children from standing".

  7. Patient in palliative care with Covid dies

    Jersey's Department for Health and Community Services has announced an older male patient who had been admitted to the General Hospital for palliative care – and who was found to be positive for Covid-19 as part of the hospital screening process – died on Wednesday.

    The service said the asymptomatic patient had been awaiting transfer to the hospice and had been receiving end-of-life care in the hospital for non-Covid related health issues.

  8. Covid case at Victoria College

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A case of Covid-19 has been confirmed at Victoria College, Jersey's government has said.

    Officials said the affected student was isolating at home, along with the rest of their household, and following public health guidance.

    They added that all sixth form students at the college had been asked to go home and to remain at home until tracing and identifying of direct contacts had been carried out and they had been contacted.

    Students who had to be at home would continue to receive school work online "so that they can continue with their education”, they said.

  9. Joey the seal pup 'doing well but needs fish' after rescue

    Andrew Segal

    BBC News

    Joey the seal pup
    Image caption: Joey has had a grey coat come out "which happens at only a few weeks of age"

    A grey seal pup rescued in Jersey and brought over to Guernsey for treatment is "doing well" after his first week of care but "will need a lot of treatment and fish", animal charity the GSPCA has said.

    The seal, named Joey and thought to be about 10 days old when found, was rescued by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Jersey after reports of a poorly pup on Les Ecrehous.

    He was found to be a "very thin 18kgs" and is getting round-the-clock care.

    GSPCA Head of Marine Mammals Geoff George said Joey was "extremely thin" but remained "very feisty which is a good sign".

    He added: "He has lost his white coat which happens at only a few weeks of age.

    “He is doing well, but has a long way to being a healthy pup and ready for the wild."

    Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager added that "we are in the middle of seal pup season" and anyone who sees a pup should not approach it "but do take a picture and send it in and give us a call so we know where they are and [can] assess they are ok".

    Joey the seal pup
    Image caption: Joey had a white coat when discovered
  10. Call on health bosses to allow singing in schools

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey politician is calling on the health authorities to reconsider guidelines on singing in schools.

    Singing in groups is currently banned to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    Deputy Louise Doublet said she wanted the States to allow children to enjoy singing activities both indoors and outdoors, providing it was in an established class group.

    She said she would be asking Health Minister Richard Renouf to consult with Jersey singers and musicians to help decide safe singing guidelines during the pandemic.

  11. New minister 'thanked for scrapping abuse memorial plans'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's new children's minister has already been contacted by people happy that he intended to scrap plans for a large memorial to abuse survivors, he has said.

    Deputy Jeremy Macon was approved for the job in the States on Tuesday.

    Former minister Senator Sam Mezec, who stepped down from government ahead of last week's failed no-confidence vote in the chief minister has criticised the appointment.

    The memorial proposals, recommended by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, have divided victims of abuse, with some saying it would dredge up painful memories and emotions.

    Mr Macon said he had had a lot of support from people about not going forward with it.

    Quote Message: My phone lit up with messages from people who are survivors who said: 'Thank you so much for saying that. It had such negative effect on my life and there's a bit of light now it's not going to be built.'
    Quote Message: We can't put people through that again. It's not right and it's got to stop, so we have to look at alternatives." from Deputy Jeremy Macon Children and Housing Minister
    Deputy Jeremy MaconChildren and Housing Minister

    In the meantime, Children's Commissioner Deborah McMillan has called for the States to split the roles of children and housing so those in them could give full-time consideration to the positions.

  12. Four coronavirus cases at Jersey General Hospital

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There are now four cases of coronavirus at Jersey General Hospital.

    It means a increase of one from three cases known to be in hospital reported earlier this week.

    All four are in hospital for treatment for other illnesses, but routine screening found they had Covid, bosses said.

    One is expected to be discharged on Wednesday.

    Jersey currently has 157 cases altogether.

    Test results are pending in 91 cases.

  13. Jersey's children's minister should be 'single role'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Children's Commissioner says the island's children need a dedicated Children's Minister - rather than someone who is assigned to housing too.

    Deputy Jeremy Macon will keep his position as Assistant Education Minister while also taking on the dual role of the Minister for Housing and Children.

    He takes over from Senator Sam Mezec, who resigned to support a vote of no confidence against the chief minister, which subsequently failed.

    Commissioner Deborah McMillan said: "At the end of the day, the government have said they're going to put children first.

    "In order to do that, we need a children's minister who's got time to do that, rather than having a massive portfolio of housing lying alongside."

  14. Concerns at Overdale hospital plan despite States approval

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey is one step closer to having a new hospital at Overdale after the States approved the plan, but people living nearby are still concerned about the project.

    Members of the States Assembly voted for the recommendation, with 37 backing the idea, six opposing it and one abstaining.

    A planning application for the new hospital is expected to be made in autumn 2021, with plans to complete construction by December 2025.

    But politicians have asked ministers to have to look at whether there are alternative ways of access to the site instead of straightening Westmount Road.

    And some people living near the site remain unhappy at the plans.

    Neville Benbow said he thought Westmount, which leads to Overdale, was too steep to expect patients to navigate.

    He said: "If you're coming up to a hospital appointment and you can't use one of the shuttle buses, you're going to be in need of other medical care when you get to the top!"

  15. Business park plans for former Jersey Evening Post site

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The old Jersey Evening Post site at Five Oaks could be turned into a new business park.

    Developers have put in plans for a new supermarket, plus industrial units and a self-storage area.

    Le Gallais, which has bought the site, said the project could cost more than £12m.

  16. Chief minister supports halt to foreigners' property buys

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's chief minister says he would support measures to stop people who do not live in Jersey from buying property in the island to rent out.

    There have been concerns recently that a number of newly built flats have been bought up by overseas investors.

    Senator John Le Fondre said people not residing on the island and buying property for future rental was "not something that instinctively feels right when we have issues around demand and supply".

    However, he added that legal details of such a proposal would still need to be worked out.

  17. GP digital ordering system for tests to 'reduce delays'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC News

    Jersey’s GPs can order X-rays and radiology tests for patients electronically for the first time, thanks to a new digital system, health bosses have said.

    Jersey government said the system - coordinated by HealthX, Jersey’s Digital Health team - "eliminates the need for paper forms and reduces delays between ordering tests and receiving the results".

    Before, a doctor would fill out a form and send it to the hospital. The tests would then be carried out and a paper report sent back to the doctor by post.

    The government said the new system "represented the first of many integrated health and care services being modernised through digital enablement to reduce the use of paper for clinical care".

  18. Jersey to reactivate 'lifeline' services with Blue Islands

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's contract with airline Blue Islands to provide lifeline travel services to the UK is likely to be reactivated in the next fortnight, ministers have revealed.

    During the lockdown earlier this year, the airline - which was later granted a £10m government loan - provided flights for people including essential workers and islanders who needed medical treatment.

    Meanwhile, more information about extra flights to get Jersey students back from the UK will be announced next week.

    Ministers said they anticipated additional services would fly from somewhere in the north of England, somewhere in the Midlands and somewhere in the South West.

    However, they added the final details would be informed by the results of the latest survey of students' travel plans, which closes on Friday.