Mary O’Keeffe
Policy - Good Housekeeping
Times have been hard. Since the banking crisis we have had to face cuts and uncertainties. Our futures have not been as secure as they once were. We have all had to tighten our belts both at home and in business. We have all enjoyed a 20% tax regime for many years now. I propose to keep the Tax at this level for all earnings under £125.000 per annum. I don’t want to see cuts to services any further. The government has to make savings and that is understood. However there appears to be is a disconnect in the way the government is acting and how we all think. There has to be prudent spending. Improved systems have to be in place to stop waste in order that spending does not go out of control. In business when I want to advertise for staff, I have to advertise locally, this is in our law, yet how many times to we hear that the government use external consultants, when there are very well qualified people on the island to do the work. This doesn’t make sense. I am particularly thinking of the consultants brought in to look at the hospital, external architects, building surveyors etc. This is not only insulting to our local work force, the money spend on these consultations goes out of the island and usually at a higher price. We need new best practice systems & service level agreements and supporting our local economy. I am going to mention the civil servants travel expenses. Yes, we need to travel to get our islands message out there, we need travel to attract inward investment, we need to travel to sell ourselves as an offshore jurisdiction. What we don’t need is Rolls Royce all singing all dancing flights. We book ahead, we know how long we are going to be away for!!! We don’t need flexi tickets, we don’t need first class, world traveller plus is more than adequate on long haul flights and if an individual wants to upgrade at their expense that’s fine. Spending controls need to be looked at and new Key performance indicators set. Zero hour contracts……I would like to see a review of these contracts. They should not be used for someone working more than 20 hours a week. I am very concerned for workers who have been made redundant will have to apply for their own jobs back with on a zero hours contract. This in turn means, no holidays, less pay, no benefits, no security. Do we want our work force working like this?
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Mary O’Keeffe
Policy - Good Housekeeping
Times have been hard. Since the banking crisis we have had to face cuts and uncertainties. Our futures have not been as secure as they once were. We have all had to tighten our belts both at home and in business. We have all enjoyed a 20% tax regime for many years now. I propose to keep the Tax at this level for all earnings under £125.000 per annum. I don’t want to see cuts to services any further. The government has to make savings and that is understood. However there appears to be is a disconnect in the way the government is acting and how we all think. There has to be prudent spending. Improved systems have to be in place to stop waste in order that spending does not go out of control. In business when I want to advertise for staff, I have to advertise locally, this is in our law, yet how many times to we hear that the government use external consultants, when there are very well qualified people on the island to do the work. This doesn’t make sense. I am particularly thinking of the consultants brought in to look at the hospital, external architects, building surveyors etc. This is not only insulting to our local work force, the money spend on these consultations goes out of the island and usually at a higher price. We need new best practice systems & service level agreements and supporting our local economy. I am going to mention the civil servants travel expenses. Yes, we need to travel to get our islands message out there, we need travel to attract inward investment, we need to travel to sell ourselves as an offshore jurisdiction. What we don’t need is Rolls Royce all singing all dancing flights. We book ahead, we know how long we are going to be away for!!! We don’t need flexi tickets, we don’t need first class, world traveller plus is more than adequate on long haul flights and if an individual wants to upgrade at their expense that’s fine. Spending controls need to be looked at and new Key performance indicators set. Zero hour contracts……I would like to see a review of these contracts. They should not be used for someone working more than 20 hours a week. I am very concerned for workers who have been made redundant will have to apply for their own jobs back with on a zero hours contract. This in turn means, no holidays, less pay, no benefits, no security. Do we want our work force working like this?
Email:  info@mary.je Mobile: +44 (0)7797 852273
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