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Cutting costs: “Difficult and unpalatable decisions will need to be made”

Cutting costs: “Difficult and unpalatable decisions will need to be made”

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Cutting costs: “Difficult and unpalatable decisions will need to be made”

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Employees working in the public sector will be asked for suggestions on how to help the States of Guernsey cut expenditure by £10-15million in five years.

It comes after a sub-committee was launched by Policy & Resources tasked with identifying savings and cost reductions that can be proposed to the States Assembly next year.

Its mission statement is to consider whether government savings can be delivered through “structural change, cessation, outsourcing and/or commissioning of those services”. 

The sub-committee has since written to all other committees within the States of Guernsey for suggestions on how to save money. It has also been revealed that it will be looking for suggestions for cost-cutting from the community and employees working within the public sector. 

“We want ideas from a wide range of people,” said chair of the sub-committee, Deputy Dave Mahoney. 

“In the first instance we’ve invited Committees to contribute, but we’ll soon expand that more widely. For Committees, we do believe it’s important they recognise the scale of the deficit we face and the very significant amount we need to find through this process, as they put forward their suggestions.  

“It will be those same Committees who will later be tasked with implementing the changes. Difficult and unpalatable decisions will need to be made, and we are on an extremely tight timeframe.” 

Deputy Sasha Kazantseva-Miller is a member of the sub-committee, she said “we all have a stake in this because we all contribute towards the cost of public services, we all use services, and we will all be affected if we can’t fund services in a way that is sustainable”. 

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