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Freedom of Information (FoI) - Part 2 - Costs exaggerated?

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The Chief Minister stated "...such a piece of legislation (FOI) might come at a high cost" in his Keys answer (01.11.11).

 

Later he went on to say  "we are basing that at the moment on the experience in Jersey, where the cost ran into many millions to actually get it established and I think there is an annual  running cost of somewhere in the region of £1 million a year."

 

In a subsequent interview for Manx Radio  he again referred to Jersey "...but we must understand the fact that in jersey for example it cost them over £4 million pounds to bring in the original structure and I think the annual running cost is over a £1 million...."

 

Mr Bell you are not right.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 December 2011 12:22
 

Freedom of Information (FOI) - Part 1 - Manifesto promises

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FOI was raised in the Keys on 1st November 2011:

The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask the Chief Minister:

"When he plans to introduce a Freedom of Information Act?"

As part of his answer he stated:

"I can confirm that the Council of Ministers will be considering a paper on this subject of Freedom of Information at its meeting this week."

Last Updated on Friday, 02 December 2011 12:21
 

MHK/Manifesto pages a success

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Since we quietly launched our MHK/Manifesto pages just a week ago, we've already had over 400 downloads of MHK manifestos!

It's reassuring to us that people are taking an interest in what their MHKs are saying and we hope this will contribute towards a more responsive government going forward.

Look out for some new features soon, and of course our public event with Heather Brooke next week.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 November 2011 01:38
 

Tynwald Block Vote updated

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Block Vote CartoonWe've updated our diagram of the Tynwald block vote since last months departmental memberships were awarded. 

Please click here to view

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 14:16
 

Douglas to spend £400K on CCTV Cameras

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David Christian, the Leader of Douglas Borough Council revealed on  Manx Radio's 'Mannin Line' 30.10.11 that the Council intends to install 60 CCTV cameras at a cost of £400,000.

What do you think about this? Will it be money well spent or an intrusion into our civil liberties?

Please leave your comments below.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2011 00:23
 

Bell Bolsters the Block Vote

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The big surprise in the composition of  Allan Bell's Ministerial line-up is that Peter Karran is to be Minister for Education & Children.

Making the announcement the Chief Minister said:
‘The public expect a united and mature response from their politicians to the serious challenges facing our Island. As I have already made clear, I am taking an inclusive approach to the business of Government so that we can all work together for the good of the Isle of Man and its people. I believe the composition of this new Council of Ministers reflects that approach – they are a team blending experience and fresh thinking that hopefully will be able to mesh well with the rest of their Tynwald colleagues.’
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 October 2011 16:55
 

Mark Solly on abolition of the ARI

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Mark Solly and Paul Moulton

Abolition of ARI: Paul Moulton interviews Mark Solly, the Islands former Assessor of Income Tax.

Following last months PAG meeting, Paul Moulton interviewed Mark Solly on what he sees as a tax gap arising out of the government plan to abolish ARI (Attribution Regime for Individuals). Please click on the link above to watch the interview.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2011 00:21
 

How confidential is our personal information?

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ID TheftThat was the title of a PAG presentation in January 2008. At the time we were concerned about organisations' ability to secure all the electronic data about individuals that was being amassed. Risks, actual and potential, that our data may be misused or mislaid were discussed. Our report of the meeting went on to say: 

'Recognising that it would be impractical to seek to hold back advances in information technology, the meeting called for the Government to establish a straightforward and readily enforceable regime that promptly penalised inadequate data protection or misuse. Such a regime should ensure that all government agencies and commercial organisations requiring clients to reveal private personal data should be deterred from allowing it to be used for purposes not originally agreed or failing to safeguard it from falling into unauthorised hands.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2011 00:23
 


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