Positive Action Group - Possan Jantys Jarrooagh

Open, accountable government, rigorous control of public finances, and a fairer society for all.

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Fairness in Tax Matters

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“Fairness” should be at the heart of everything government does –in the way it raises revenue via taxation or from the provision of services, and in the treatment of its citizenry in providing those services. It has long been an accepted economic and social principle that those with the highest income – and thus the broadest shoulders – should bear the brunt of taxation via a progressive tax system.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 12:09
 

Freedom of Information Bill 2014 - PAG Submission

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foi Tyn snoopIn our February 2014 article we described the IOM Freedom of Information Bill 2014 as 'a typical Manx whum'.

Well, having taken a detailed look at the Draft Bill, in order to make a written *submission to Consultation process, that opinion hasn't changed!

We conclude that the Draft Bill appears to be based on the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000 (UK Act) but In key respects the Bill is weaker and more restricted than the UK Act.

Click 'More' below for a summary or download our full submission.

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Download this file (PAGfoiSubmissionFIN040414.pdf)PAG submission for the Freedom of Information Bill 2014214 Kb1546
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 April 2014 13:41
 

Manx Credit Union - make it happen!

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mcuThose that braved the horrible weather last night were rewarded with a valuable insight into the work going on to create a Manx Credit Union. Thank you all for such a good turnout and your valuable contributions during the Q&A.

A Manx Credit Union can only happen with your support. Please, please view their website, register your interest and make this happen.

Click on the logo for the website and more information.

Interview with David Talbot: http://www.manx.net/tv/mt-tv/watch/61798/manx-credit-union-proposal

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:55
 

Freedom of Information Bill 2014 - Initial impression "A typical Manx Whum"

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foiOne thing's for sure, journalists from The Guardian won't be clamouring to our shores if the Freedom of information Bill 2014 is made law here.

That's because only residents of the Isle of Man will have a statutory right to access information held by public authorities. And then locals may only be allowed the information if to was created after the 11th October 2011.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 April 2014 13:17
 

Legislative Council (Part 1) - Can we afford the Luxury of LegCo?

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The recent move by Phil Gawne to abolish the Legislative Council received short shrift from a majority of his of his colleagues in Keys and was thrown out.

At least the proposal raised some fundamental arguments about the purpose and cost of LegCo and it is this latter aspect which we explore in more detail.

The basic salary, from April 2014, for a member of the Legislative Council is £38,771.00.

LegCo has responsibility for the consideration of draft primary legislation (Bills). It is an important role, reviewing and revising new legislation presented to it, generally from the Keys.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:10
 

PAG Public Meeting: Zero Base Budgeting presentation

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Many thanks to Kate Beecroft MHK for providing us with such a a thoughtful presentation. If only the Goevrnment could move towards budgeting in this manner rather than 'they get the money because they always have'.

They should re-evalute the effectiveness of their entire expenditure each budget.

Please find attached Kate's presentation in two formats: it's original Microsoft Powerpoint, and Acrobat PDF.

Contact us if you experience any difficulty in downloading.

 
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 16:29
 

Legislative Council (Part 2) - The Legislative Council Reform Bill 2014

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One of the core principles of the PAG Charter is that "The people have the right to elect Members of the Legislative Council"

It is at the very heart of the Reform Bill which Peter Karran will soon be presenting for a second reading in the House of Keys.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 11:14
 

Right Royal Rumpus

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What an extraordinary opening session it  was for Tynwald in January 2014.

Looking down from the public gallery it seemed as though there were more vacant seats than those occupied.
 
Speaker Rodan's cushion  was taken by Deputy Speaker Singer - resplendent in his civvies - no wig and gown for him.
Similarly Clerk Phillips was absent, replaced on the day by LegCo Clerk King.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:20
 


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