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Civil service strikes to go ahead

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's civil service union has said walk-outs are still planned for 23 and 27 August, despite a pay offer from the government.

Members of the JCSA Prospect Union have two weeks to vote on the deal from 22 August, but planned strikes are still set to go ahead.

Terry Renouf from the union described the proposed pay deal as the "lowest given to any group of States employees".

"Bearing in mind that some of the civil servants are the lowest paid within the States, so the lowest paid have, in effect, had the lowest increase," he added.

The States Employment Board removed a proposed increase to the working week of six minutes a day, which was linked to extra holiday entitlement, from their offer at the unions request.

It also has committed to a guaranteed pay increase of 1.3% above cost of living from 1 January 2020, as well as a further increase to be identified jointly from "new savings and efficiencies".

The board said it was "disappointed" that the unions are not recommending their members vote in favour of the offer.

Numbers of islanders looking to foster and adopt doubles

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The number of islanders looking to foster or adopt a child has doubled in the last year, the Government of Jersey has said.

New figures show 16 islanders contacted Fostering and Adoption Jersey as a result of a government campaign.

Ten of those expressed an interest in fostering and six enquired about adoption.

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Thank you to each and every one of you who are prepared to open up your hearts and homes to children and offering many of them the experience of a stable, secure and caring home.

Senator Sam MézecChildren’s minister

Boy, 17, arrested after crashing car into wall

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A 17-year-old boy was arrested for driving while over the prescribed limit and dangerous driving in Jersey, police have said.

Officers were called to Springfield Road at about 02:30 after a red Peugeot 207 hit a wall - causing substantial damage to the car.

The boy was uninjured and remains in police custody.

It's believed before the crash on Springfield Road, he travelled along St Aubin’s Road and continued through Cheapside.

Anyone who saw the car is asked to call police on 612 612.

Winds of force seven expected across the islands

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Jersey Met has issued a yellow weather warning for wind.

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Jersey Met