Friday, January 27, 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day - Jersey 27 January 2017 - Bob Le Sueur MBE speaker

21 Jersey residents are known to have died in Concentration Camps during WW2 and about 300 more were deported to continental prison camps for such offences as listening to the radio

Jersey's Holocaust Memorial Day is centred upon their memory but with a world-wide perspective.
Every year there is a guest speaker, readings, prayers and the laying of wreaths by officials of the Island and many groups and individuals.

Unfortunately, Jersey has not ratified such important UN Conventions as CEDAW - to Eliminate All forms of Discrimination Against Women - and the government does not treat human rights and the elimination of discrimination in all its forms as a priority.

Discrimination on the grounds of Disability has not yet been enacted for example  and the relevant UN Convention has also not yet been ratified.

Very little information about the application of human rights and related international treaties and obligations is published by the Jersey administration.

Chief Minister Ian Gorst laid a wreath today on behalf of the Government of Jersey but declined to be interviewed.

This year  Bob Le Sueur MBE delivered the keynote speech which is presented in full here;

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Social Housing in Jersey at an unsocial cost - will the "affordable housing shortage" ever end?

Andium Homes the "arms length" company that has taken over the role of social housing provider for Jersey Government has just refurbished a small block of two bedroom maisonettes at Clos de Sables, St Brelade
Originally built in the 1960s the block had major structural faults and Andium has made the building look better than it ever did - but the flats do not offer "lifetime homes" standards and at over £300 per week rent they are hardly "affordable" to many.

A few hundred metres away on the other side of Route Orange are some of the Island's more expensive private properties including the stylish 1930s Les Lumieres - alongside which a very large private dwelling is now being constructed.

So there is no shortage of money available in Jersey for new housing or to pay for old properties and this area of St Brelade could be  further developed or redeveloped to provide many housing units. But who should enjoy them....

Here Deputy Tadier discusses some of the many and complex issues relating to this area and other matters that can apply across the Island



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Jersey Disability Partnership meeting 16 January 2017 - Public transport and other issues

This is a recording in four parts of the Jersey Disability Partnership meeting at the Salvation Army premises, St Helier on 16 January 2017.

PARTS one to three include a talk from Tristen Dodd of Infrastructure explaining about buses and taxis and related matters.

There is a short contribution from Nikki Withe of Liberty Bus at the end of Part Three with some information on the new Accessibility Card

Part four is an extract from the Committee meeting which discusses present and future plans for JDP and the relationship with ENABLE.

There is a short report at the end on a visit to the Jersey Airport and progress with regard to the installation of Changing Places toilets at the several  Ports of Jersey.

PART ONE Tristen Dodd on buses and taxis

PART TWO Tristen Dodd cont'd

PART THREE Tristen Dodd cont'd and Nikky Withe

PART FOUR  JDP Committee discussion

Friday, January 20, 2017

A proposed Disability Strategy for Jersey - Consultation - January 2017

The public is invited to submit comments on the new Disability Strategy for Jersey.
It is planned to enact legislation in due course and to ratify the UN Convention to Eliminate Discrimination against Disabled Persons.

This is a video recording in 4 Parts of the talk given by Ann Hamon at St Paul's Centre on 20 January 2017.

Comments can be submitted via the online survey on
Printed copies of the survey form are also available.
Contact the Disability Strategy  consultation at Cyril Le Marquand House
POB 140 St Helier but be warned that this building may now be operating with limited opening hours for the public.

Part one

Part two

Part three

Part four

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The future assessment of carers and cared for by the Jersey Health Department.

Chris Dunn of Adult Services at the Health Department gave this talk to the Jersey Disability Partnership meeting on 16 January 2017.
It is presented here in 3 parts and explains the proposed new structure for the assessment of carers and the cared for.

It is separate from the assessment of care needs by the Social Security department for Income Support purposes but the speaker explained that the two systems ,may be combined in the future.