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PAG Event: Legislative Council Hustings 2021

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Legislative Council Election Hustings

PAG has invited the seven candidates for the two vacancies to speak for themselves at a public meeting chaired by Paul Moulton.

7:30pm Monday 15th November 2021

Promenade Church, Loch Promenade, Douglas

The event is free and open to all

NOTE NEW VENUE

The candidates:    Corelli Bentham + Craig Brown + MaryBeth Coll + Paul Craine + Connor Keenan + Diane Kelsey + Bill Shimmins


LegCo

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 November 2021 14:33
 

PAG Event: Chief Minister Hustings 2021

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Chief Minister Hustings

Dr Alex Allinson MHK,   Alf Cannan MHK

CM

7:30pm Monday 11th October 2021

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas

The event is free and open to all


Every five years the Isle of Man chooses a Chief Minister (CM). Well that is not quite correct, because it's the 24 newly elected MHKs that elect the Chief Minister.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 October 2021 23:23
 

Coping with Covid

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coping covid

Last Updated on Monday, 12 July 2021 22:14
 

Seven Challenges the Isle of Man must Confront in the Near Future

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towChange is in the air following extreme uncertainty in recent months.

After the General Election in September IoM will have new politicians in post, a different Chief Minister and government.

There will be a new Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. A new Clerk of Tynwald will be in place.

PAG has assessed the considerable challenges that the new administration will have to face and we address them here in this discussion paper.

(see Disclosure at end of the paper)

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Last Updated on Sunday, 27 June 2021 19:37
 

Block Vote in Tynwald

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To aid understanding of Tynwald voting procedures PAG has updated its acclaimed 'Block Vote' diagram.

To be successful, the proposer of a motion, must get a majority of votes in both Keys and Council - generally
13 and 5 votes respectively.

In the Keys, bolstered by collective responsibility a Minister can be guaranteed 9 votes plus the votes of his/her
departmental members e.g The DfE Minister has 12 votes in the bag before any vote is taken!

We are pleased to say that, compared with our previous Block Vote from 2012, the current version shows that this voting system
is marginally less predictable. There are fewer MLCs who have a departmental role.

PAG Block Vote v3 2021s

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 June 2021 14:00
 

Budget Opinion

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budget2021

PAG was unable to hold the February public meeting, with Treasury Minister Alf Cannan, to discuss the IOM Budget 2021-22.

Instead we publish the following opinion which attempts to objectively critique the main features of the Budget.
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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 March 2021 14:39
 

IoM Politician's Pay

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In September 2021 the remuneration of Tynwald Members will be transferred to a different, simpler pay scale.

It is claimed that overall it will be cost neutral for the tax payer, but we disagree (see Total)

Here we examine the changes by comparing the current remuneration (including expenses) with that proposed:

Current (£)

Proposed (£)

Chief Minister

88,022 86,954

President

74,620 76,921

Speaker

79,087 76,921

Ministers

74,620 76,921

Treasury Members

70,152 66,888

Statutory Board Chair

70,152 70,232

MHK - Departmental Member

65,685 66,888

MHK - not Departmental Member

52,282 66,888

MLC Departmental Member

65,685 63,145

MLC - not Departmental Member

52,282 63,145

TOTAL

2,225,673 2,304,447

Note: the current remuneration may have been enhanced by 1% in April 2021, but we have not been able to confirm this.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 June 2021 14:41
 

PAG Event: Budget 2020

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PAG public meeting

The Treasury Minister Explains
The 2020 Manx Budget

A presentation by Hon Alf Cannan MHK

2020 budget

Monday 24th February 2020 at 7:30pm
Manx Legion Club, Douglas

The event is free and open to all

The Treasury Minister will present his 2020 Budget Statement to Tynwald on Tuesday 18th February.

Less than a week later, Positive Action Group is delighted to host the only public meeting where the Minister will expand on his decisions to the broader electorate, and face questions from the floor as to our reaction to those announcements.

Mr Cannan's 2019 Budget was "one of confidence" - with increases in personal allowances and benefits,together with significant increases for several Government Departments including Health and Social Care, Education and Home Affairs (the latter largely to benefit the Police).

Since then, the economy has continued to grow, income tax receipts continue to increase, and Government accounts show a surplus - so, the manx economy appears in great shape.

But the main issues facing Mr Cannan and our Government also continue. The public sector pensions liability is now in excess of £4.1 billion and with the run-down and expiry of the Pensions Reserve in 2022, surely has longer-term financing issues.

Our health and social care policies remain big questions and where their budgets are under continuing stress with a need for annual "top-ups" from contingency funds.
Brexit has been done, but remains an urgent problem with no definitive answers as to its outcome or impact on the Manx economy.

Meantime, the Govenment's poor reputation for project and budget control of initiatives such as Douglas Promenade, Peel Marina and the Liverpool Terminal are also significant concerns.

Expanding the Manx economy is a prime objective of this Government.

The eGaming sector has been a prime engine of growth in recent years – but, given recent news from GVC and Poker Stars, can and will that continue?

The VAT Agreement with the UK underpins the whole basis of Government's accounts - but despite two spending surveys attempting to resolve some of the questions, is Government any closer to reaching a resolution with the UK on expected future revenues?

Whilst public sector employees have the benefit of their generous pension scheme, our government – unlike the UK government - has as yet taken no action to require the private sector to do the same for their workers. Will this lead to an issue of "social fairness", where the public sector enjoys "first class pensions" but "second class or no pensions" for the private sector?

Can we expect changes in financial policy to address these issues – or will the assurance of "future growth" be used to provide the answers?

Each year the Budget Statement is expected with great anticipation.There's much to think about and Positive Action Group (PAG) is pleased to welcome Mr Cannan to share and discuss his thoughts at a public meeting on Monday, 24th February at 7:30pm at the Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas.

All will be made very welcome to what is sure to be a stimulating evening with much to discuss and debate. The evening is free and open to everyone, with a voluntary collection at the door to help cover PAG expenses to fund our programme of "public interest" events.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 22:49
 
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