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Low turnout at meeting to discuss Guernsey's governance

Public meeting on the future of Guernsey's government
The public meeting was called to gauge views on two reports

Turnout at a meeting held to discuss the way Guernsey should be governed was "disappointingly" low, the Public Accounts Committee chairman said.

About 40 people, including 12 deputies, attended the forum on Thursday.

The public meeting was called to gauge views on two reports, which have criticised how the island's government is run.

Deputy Leon Gallienne said he was pleased with how the meeting went, despite the low turnout.

Conflicts of interest

An investigation by the Wales Audit Office found that the island's government was not good value for money and failed to meet any of the six guidelines of good governance.

Tribal Consultancy identified tens of millions of pounds worth of savings and produced a list of more than 100 areas where the government could be more efficient.

Questions raised at the meeting included whether a consensus government, like Guernsey's, was the best way forward, how conflicts of interest in the States should be dealt with and who should be held accountable if something does go wrong.

Deputy Gallienne said: "There's a lot of information we can take back and we can analyse.

"This can only be helpful for the committee when we bring our report to the States, that our members can make decisions well-informed and with the facts in front of them."

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