St Helena : St Helena: PUBLICATION OF SOCIAL POLICY PLAN DELAYED
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 05.05.2013 (Article Archived on 02.06.2013)
The first draft of the Social Policy Plan was due to be completed and shared at scheduled community meetings during May and June, following the series of participation meetings that took place earlier in the year.
PUBLICATION OF SOCIAL POLICY PLAN DELAYED
The first draft of the
Social Policy Plan was due to be completed and shared at scheduled community
meetings during May and June, following the series of participation meetings
that took place earlier in the year. The first draft of the plan is ready. However,
the community events have been postponed until August due to the Dissolution of
Legco and the consequent period of Purdah.
‘Purdah’ describes a convention
under which politicians (such as Ministers in a ministerial system, or
Executive Council and Council Committees in St Helena) who remain in office
during an election must not use their offices to advance their own (or, in a
party-political system, their party’s) electoral prospects. It works
differently in different places, but the principle is common to most democratic
processes. There is a parallel principle that Public Officers must take
particular care over political impartiality during an election. This has a
number of practical implications, including meaning that major new initiatives
or polices cannot be launched until after the General Election.
With around 300 people taking part
in developing the Social Policy Plan it is important that the community gets
the chance to consider the plan that they developed and to provide feedback.
This will happen once the period of Purdah is complete, when members of the
public can provide feedback before the document is finalised.
Following Purdah the community
will be notified of the events to enable them to feedback and comment on the
30 April 2013