The Social & Community Development Committee is currently seeking views on a proposed amendment to the St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha Constitution.

Although prioritisation of persons with St Helenian status for employment is the key issue currently, Constitutions of other British Overseas Territories show that provision exists in other Islands to prioritise local persons in additional ways such as Immigration, Engaging in any Business or Profession and Movement or Residence within the Territory.

The proposed amendment to the St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha Constitution therefore aims to provide the same opportunity as local populations in other British Overseas Territories already have. The amendment will allow laws to be passed that will enable persons with St Helenian status to have special treatment without breaching the protection against discrimination provided by the Constitution.

Below is a reminder of the remaining public consultation meetings. All meetings will start at 7.30pm. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings to provide the necessary feedback.

Venue Date Councillor
Jamestown Community Centre Tuesday, 18 April Hon Dr Corinda Essex
Harford Community Centre Wednesday, 19 April Hon Brian Isaac
Sandy Bay Community Centre Thursday, 20 April Hon Dr Corinda Essex
Blue Hill Community Centre Monday, 24 April Hon Brian Isaac
Rupert’s Church (for residents in the Briars and Rupert’s area) Tuesday, 25 April Hon Dr Corinda Essex
Silver Hill Bar, Levelwood Thursday, 27 April Hon Brian Isaac

Anyone wishing to make any comment about the proposed amendment to the Constitution may do so in writing to Hon Brian Isaac, Chairman Social & Community Development Committee, The Castle, or via email: In addition, comments can also be sent to Miss Nicole Plato, Secretary to the Social & Community Development Committee, the Castle or via email: by no later than Tuesday, 2 May 2017.

The proposed amendment to the relevant section of the Constitution is available in hard copy at the Public Library and is also available on the SHG Website at the following link:

Social & Community Development Committee

18 April 2017





St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470