Executive Council met today with only one item on the Open Agenda.

Council considered and approved a 5.7% increase in the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) in line with current policy for the financial year 2017/18. It was agreed that the basic level of Income Related Benefits (IRB) for a single person will increase from £61.60 per week to £65.10, with the maximum amount of Basic Island Pension (BIP) increasing from £63.70 per week to £67.30.

It should be noted that those individuals or households receiving benefits under Transitional Protection will not necessarily receive an increase in the overall amount of benefits which they are currently receiving.

These rates will come into effect from 1 December 2017.

Corporate Finance will be distributing letters to all recipients of BIP and IRB informing them of their new weekly entitlement.

The MIS is based on a basket of goods and services including the following:

  • Food & drink, based on healthy international diet guidelines
  • Utilities
  • Clothing, shoes
  • Essential items, cups, washing-up liquid
  • Toiletries
  • Bus fares
  • Newspaper

Executive Council also agreed that the rates payable in respect of MIS will be reviewed twice-yearly. Councillors noted that there would be a separate piece of work forthcoming which would look at exemptions of medical charges, including when people were in receipt of BIP. 

The meeting concluded at 11.30am.

ExCo

17 November 2017

 

INCIDENT AT ST HELENA FISHERIES

The St Helena Police Service are appealing to the public for any information regarding the incident at Rupert’s in which the temperature control of one of the St Helena Fisheries Corporation’s refrigeration units was tampered with.

Detective Inspector, David Honan, said:

“Between the afternoon of Sunday, 12 November, and the morning of Monday, 13 November 2017, the temperature control of a refrigerated unit at the Fish Plant in Rupert’s was altered. This alteration led to an increase in the temperature inside the unit, the result being that the contents can now not be exported. This is a significant economic loss for both the St Helena Fisheries Corporation and the Island as a whole. Fellow Islanders livelihoods have been put at risk by the actions of those responsible.

“If you have any knowledge of who was responsible for this act, then please come forward to the Police and your information will be treated with the strictest confidence.”

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Police on telephone: 22626 or email the Criminal Investigations Department via: cid@sainthelena.gov.sh.

#StHelena #Police #AppealForInformation

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16 November 2017

The Public Library in Jamestown will re-open on Wednesday, 22 November 2017. To mark this occasion, a special ceremony will be held at the Library, commencing at 12noon.

This is an exciting time for the Education Directorate and for the staff of the Library, and members of the public are encouraged to come along and join in with this event.

Following the ceremony, the Library will resume service as usual.

 #StHelena #PublicLibrary #Re-Open #SpecialOccasion

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15 November 2017

The Education Committee would like to advise that all Primary Schools will be closed on Monday, 20 November 2017.  This closure is a mark of respect for the passing of Mrs Alice Phillips.

Prince Andrew School, the St Helena Community College and the management and administration sections of the Education & Employment Directorate will open as normal.

The Education Directorate would like to thank parents and guardians for their understanding and support for this closure, recognising the lifelong contribution made by Mrs Phillips to the young people of St Helena as a Teacher, Headteacher and Education Officer.

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15 November 2017

 

 

 

Executive Council will meet on Friday, 17 November 2017, at 9.30am in the Council Chamber, with the following Open Agenda item:

  • Increase in the Minimum Income Standard for the second up-rating of Income Related Benefits and Basic Island Pension 2017

 This paper (ExCo Memo) will be available online at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/councils/executive-council/.

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memo should contact the Secretary to Elected Members, Anita Legg at the Castle on tel: 22590 or via email: sec.em@helanta.co.sh

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas, Lawson Henry and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of ExCo are Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, and Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto. Acting Financial Secretary, Nicholas Yon, will attend Friday’s meeting while Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, is on overseas business.

 

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15 November 2017

Edna Johnson originally from South Africa recently arrived at St Helena to take up the role of Crown Counsel (Civil) in the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Edna has been appointed on a two-year contract and her main duty will require her to undertake any civil law matters such as property, planning and employment.

Edna said:

“I decided to take up this role as it is incredibly interesting and diverse – plus the opportunity to live on an island for two years helped with my decision. By working in this post I hope to master my brief and expand my knowledge of law. This will be the third jurisdiction I have worked in, so it is all very exciting.”

 Edna was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2007 and two years later as a Solicitor in England and Wales. Edna has worked in private practice in South Africa and as an in-house solicitor for the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and a local authority.  She was the solicitor for a professional association in London before coming to St Helena. Edna also has a Master’s in Business & Commercial law by the Liverpool John Moores University.

Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto, said:

“In the last 18 months we have had an increase in litigation and requests for advice on civil matters.  Therefore, having in-house expertise in this area of law was a necessity. On behalf of the team, I extend to Edna a warm welcome to Chambers.”

 #StHelena #CrownCounselCivil  #NewAppointment

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15 November 2017

It has been brought to the attention of the Education & Employment Directorate that there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of dog waste found on Francis Plain.

This is presenting a serious health & safety risk to staff, students and the general public who use this area.

Dog owners are advised that dogs are not permitted to roam on Francis Plain at any time. In the event that dogs should roam or waste on the plain, owners are asked to take responsibility and clean up any mess made by their dog.

The public is thanked in advance for their co-operation.

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14 November 2017

The Social & Community Development Committee met on Wednesday, 8 November 2017, to discuss a number of issues.

A paper on fees & charges was brought before the Committee. As this had implications for at least one other Council Committee it was agreed that a cross-committee discussion would be arranged. The fees & charges for review include: Liquor Licences, Gaming Machines, Companies Registry Work, Trade Marks, Patents and Archives Research.

An increase of the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) was considered and the Committee was pleased to endorse proposals so that the matter could be referred to the next meeting of Executive Council for approval. The Committee also noted that it is proposed in future to have a twice-yearly assessment of the MIS.

A proposal for the Welfare of Children (Children’s Residential Home) Regulations was considered and approved. This will now enable the draft regulations to be submitted to Executive Council for approval. Currently, the Welfare of Children’s Ordinance deals with the requirements that a privately run Children’s Home must comply with, but there are no specific provisions for a Children’s Home run by the Safeguarding Directorate. The Safeguarding Directorate is anxious that action be taken to fill this gap in the legislation.

The Safeguarding Directorate continues to support a large number of people in the community and in residential care. Children Services are developing policy and practice to support Fostering Services on St Helena and there will be public engagement around fostering in the New Year. The team are also currently working alongside the Police to consider how an early help and preventive youth service can be provided to support the young people living on St Helena.

Adult Services are in the process of reviewing all the needs of people living in the various residential establishments to ensure that we have the correct staff and support in place to care and support these people. The directorate is currently developing accredited training and development pathways for all staff.

Among other matters, the Committee noted that the public meetings on the Marriage Bill, the Domestic Abuse Bill and the Welfare of Children (Employment of Children) (Amendment) Ordinance had been completed. The feedback will be collated and a decision on next steps will be decided.

The Social & Community Development Committee comprises Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Kylie Hercules, Derek Thomas and Gavin Ellick. The non-voting member is the Director of Safeguarding. The Committee’s Secretary is Miss Nicole Plato.

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14 November 2017

The St Helena Fisheries Corporation (SHFC) has reported that the temperature controls on their refrigerated container have been tampered with. The container was full of frozen fish worth a considerable amount of money.

This incident occurred between the afternoon of Sunday, 12 November, and the morning of Monday, 13 November 2017.

As a result of this incident, the Environmental Health Section will now need to conduct tests on the fish before it can be sold. At this stage it is unknown if the fish will be suitable to be sold.

The public is advised that anyone found trespassing on the SHFC’s property, or tampering with their equipment may face prosecution.

If you have any information regarding the tampering of the SHFC’s container, please contact Police Headquarters on tel: 22626.

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14 November 2017

 

Remedial works on the Jamestown Swimming Pool are advancing, with the new complex filter room and pipework installation nearing completion.

Restoration works, undertaken by the St Helena National Trust to the Heritage wall abutting the Swimming Pool, are now complete.

New paving and edging works to the pool are well underway, together with remedial work necessary to the pool itself before applying new decorative coatings.

Dependent on weather conditions, the completion of resealing and painting works will take place during the next three weeks, enabling the pool to be refilled.

Negotiations are currently taking place to enable an overseas Design Engineer to visit the Island to complete the installation, commissioning, testing, and training required to operate the pool and its new equipment.

It is anticipated that the Jamestown Swimming Pool will be reopened for the holiday period.

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14 November 2017