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Savings plan threatens services

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The renewable energy commission is one of the services under threat

New services planned to be introduced next year could be scrapped by the States of Guernsey as part of plans to save more than £10m.

If the States Strategic Plan is adopted, 55 services would be scrapped or put on hold until at least 2011.

Eight projects will still go ahead at a cost of £1.5m, but a wheelchair service and a domestic abuse strategy could be among schemes shelved.

The plan, produced by the Policy Council, will be voted on next month.

Previous proposals - outlined in the Government Business Plan - to develop the museum service and to extend community service could be shelved along with a renewable energy plan and a survey of coastal defences.

There isn't very much money available for new service developments
Charles Parkinson

An obesity strategy, a census, spending on island-wide voting, a business confidence survey and the appointment of a disability officer are also in doubt.

The schemes supported by the States Strategic Plan include having four new lawyers at St James' Chambers at a cost of £365,000 and an inquiry into the airport firefighters' dispute, costing £250,000.

A total of £200,000 would be spent on raising Guernsey's profile in the European Union as part of the £1.5m, and the £175,000 needed to host the British Irish Council summit would still be found.

Treasury and Resources Minister Charles Parkinson said: "For the next few years it is going to be very tight indeed, so there isn't very much money available for new service developments.

"Hopefully as fundamental spending review savings come through in later years in rather more substantial quantities we may be able to do a bit more."



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