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Falklands : Falklands Summary of Executive Council 21 October 2010
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 01.11.2010 (Article Archived on 15.11.2010)

We agreed a paper on budgetary procedures which will mean that the process will start a little later than in recent years. Other financial papers included the Supplementary Appropriation Bill remitted to the next day’s Assembly meeting.

Summary of Executive Council 21 October 2010

 

A heavy agenda of 42 items was completed just before lunch.

 

We agreed a paper on budgetary procedures which will mean that the process will start a little later than in recent years. Other financial papers included the Supplementary Appropriation Bill remitted to the next day’s Assembly meeting.

 

An increase in fostering allowance was agreed and that foster parents should be eligible to claim Children’s Allowance for children in their care.

 

A paper confirming that Workboat Services may now run a freight consolidation service was agreed, as was the continuation of the livestock transportation subsidies.

 

It was agreed that for the time being FIG will absorb the cost of the air passenger duty recently imposed in the UK and affecting air bridge fares

 

The surgeon/anaesthetist contract will be extended for a further year while work is undertaken on future requirements.

 

Lands and Planning matters approved were a licence to purchase a property in Stanley and a paper outlining the method of disposing of new housing plots on Snake Hill. The Sea Lion Island Management Plan was referred back to the Environment Committee as we had been informed by the Chair of that committee that it had not been discussed or endorsed by them.

 

Legal papers included a number of bills for the October and November Assembly meetings. These were the Statistics Bill, Telecommunications Bill and the Livestock and Meat products Bill.

 

It was agreed that Income Tax deadlines will change in recognition of the increased workload of that department. Defence related tax exemptions were extended.

 

There was much debate on the title of the bill to implement the proposed medical services levy which featured in several MsLA election manifestos and appeared to be well understood by the electorate. Legal advice seems to be that it cannot be called a levy. Two members argued strongly that it would be better understood as such by the public, of whom many will remember it as operated in the past as a levy on earned income before other taxes and allowances are taken into account.

 

The South Georgia Heritage Trust was added to the list of recognised charities.

 

Broadcasting licences were approved, and will be published.

 

The latest version of the Island Plan was noted.

 

Continuation of the reversal of traffic flow in Pencil Lane was agreed.

 

We looked at two air transport related matters, first a paper on proposed cost recovery by Air Safety Support International and secondly the ratification of the Cape Town Convention relating to aircraft mortgages.

 

The two items in the immigration section of the agenda were the necessary amendment to exempt holders of Taiwanese passports from the requirement for visas and an individual application for a residence permit was agreed.

 

We considered a proposed career structure for Learning Support Assistants and this was agreed by a majority vote as was the proposal for new contracts to be term time only.

 

The reinstatement of one of the dental assistant posts cut by the last Assembly was agreed to enable most efficient use of dentists’ time.

 

The post of Director of Mineral Resources was re-established (it was already funded) and the posts in the department were reviewed in the light of the exceptional workload.

 

A paper on the localization of posts and succession planning was welcomed and should, with extra funding for training voted in the last budget, allow residents to compete for more important posts.

 

Several oil exploration related papers were approved.

 

Other business included reverting to Government House for Falkland Islands Status ceremonies.

 

Finally it was noted that several items were late additions to the agenda and we asked that in future any late papers should be accompanied by justification for their urgency.

 

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