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PAG Event: Meeting our population challenge with Paul Craine

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PAG Event

"Meeting our Population Challenges - a response"

presentation by Paul Craine 

IndependentMarch9Population crop

Manx Legion Club, Douglas

7:30 pm MONDAY 30th APRIL 2018


- All Welcome -

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2018 21:52

League Tables and Benchmarking Pupil Attainment

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A parent's view of league tables and benchmarking pupil attainment.Secondary-schools-performance

The issue of League Tables and related benchmarking of pupil performance between jurisdictions has recently come to the fore with the publication by Daphne Caine MHK of her annual Children’s Champion Report together with questions being asked of the Department of Education, Sport & Culture (DESC) in a recent (16th March 2018) sitting of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee.

The DESC has long been opposed to league tables and in December 2017 published a document highlighting their arguments against such.

The Department’s Service Delivery Plan (2016-2021) highlights that part of its vision is for “a world class education system for all…”.

The author submits that part of any world class education system would be an enviable benchmarked record of attainment whilst acknowledging and ensuring that other outcomes such as key skills and the development of personal qualities have a prominent and important role in the curriculum. Such skills and qualities are not however, in the author’s opinion, mutually exclusive to high academic attainment.

As a parent of two children now in Key Stage 3, I analysed a variety of responses made by the Department in relation to requests (submitted by myself and other individuals) pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2015. Such requests sought attainment data for the end (Year 6) of Key Stage 2 (KS2 which overall encompasses Years 3-6) for each of the Island’s thirty-two primary schools over a period of years.

My initial focus has been on the most recent academic year (2016-17) where full attainment results were only published by the Department subsequent to the applicant seeking a review by the Information Commissioner whereupon the Department was directed to release the information sought by the applicant....

[for more please click on document link]

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:17

Pag Event: Meeting the Health Challenge

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Public Meeting

'Meeting the Health Challenge'

a presentation by

Hon David Ashford MHK 

Minister for the Dept Health & Social Care

Department of Health Isle of Man logo

Monday 26th March 2018 at 7:30pm

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:59

PAG Event: 2018 Manx Budget explained

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Positive Action Group event

The 2018 Manx budget explained

A presentation by Hon Alf Cannan MHK, Minister for the Treasury


Monday 26th February 2018 at 7:30pm 

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas  

The event is free and open to all

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:35

PAG Event: Cruising Cash Cows?

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PAG public meeting

Cruising Cash Cows? Perceptions and Misperceptions

a presentation by Dr Ross Klein

Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Monday 27th November 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Manx Legion Club, Douglas

The event is free and open to all


 We are now used to seeing small cruise ships moored in Douglas Bay.

The Government is considering a proposal to build a £60 million deep water terminal to receive the latest generation of cruise liners. These vessels hold up to 5000 passengers. On the face of it this would seem to be good for our economy. But there are always two sides to a story. What might the full impact be on the Isle of Man? That's what Positive Action Group (PAG) will debate at its November public meeting.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 November 2017 15:44

'The Spider's Web – Britain's Second Empire'

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IoM Premiere for new film on offshore Finance industry

'The Spider's Web – Britain's Second Empire'


Manx Museum Theatre, Kingswood Grove, Douglas

Monday 13 November 2017

Two screenings: 6.00pm and 7.45pm. 


Admission free - All welcome

Positive Action Group (PAG) is screening a new documentary telling how Britain transformed itself from an imperial to a financial power through a global network of offshore jurisdictions. 
'The Spider's Web – Britain's Second Empire' will be shown at the Manx Museum Theatre on Monday 13 November, with screenings at both 6.00pm and 7.45pm.   Admission is free - All welcome
This recently-released film throws light on how bankers, lawyers and accountants set up a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions which captured wealth from across the globe and funnelled it into the City of London.  It argues that real power lies not in our democratic institutions but rather in the hands of the wealthy and influential few. 
Roger Tomlinson of PAG comments - "PAG is pleased to give an Isle of Man premiere for this timely film. It will clearly be controversial here but we feel the issues it airs are relevant to the Island and deserving of debate.  We hope to welcome the public at both screenings. The early screening offers a chance to come straight from work. Just turn up.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:35

Tax Talk: 2. Taxation Legislation - Temporary Taxation Orders (TTOs)

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taxnoteI sincerely hope that Members of Tynwald will shortly adopt a New Year's Resolution to the effect that they 'resolve to cease the introduction of major changes to the Income Tax Acts by means of Temporary Taxation Orders.' 

The introduction, amendment or repeal of provisions relating to income tax in the Isle of Man are generally accepted as being matters for primary legislation. The enactment of primary legislation is, of course, usually the subject of an elaborate and rigorous process involving the drafting, printing and publication of a Bill, followed by three readings, including a detailed examination of clauses, in the House of Keys, the same in the Legislative Council, signature by Members of Tynwald and finally the grant of Royal Assent. The wording of primary legislation should be clear and unambiguous. It should not be open to interpretation and reinterpretation to suit the whims of the bureaucracy which operates it.
However, while income tax continues to be generally accepted as being a matter for primary legislation in the Island, the usual processes leading to its introduction, amendment or repeal are now easily circumvented by means of Temporary Taxation Orders. Such an Order is likely to be drafted behind closed doors in the Treasury and, in all probability, reviewed by the Attorney General. The Order is then presented to Tynwald for approval. (The Members of Tynwald may have already been briefed in private by interested parties). The Order cannot be amended. Members are simply invited to vote for it or against it, If, as expected, the Members vote for the Order, its provisions become a part of the primary law.
Last Updated on Sunday, 19 November 2017 21:31

Single Resident Record presentations

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Tristram Llewellyn Jones and Steve Burrows presentations attached:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 22:09

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