St Helena : St Helena EXCO MEETING OF 14 MAY 2013
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 19.05.2013 (Article Archived on 02.06.2013)
ExCo sat this morning to consider a relatively light agenda, which is to be expected given purdah conventions.
MEETING OF 14 MAY 2013
ExCo sat this morning to consider a
relatively light agenda, which is to be expected given purdah conventions. Only
those items of agreed policy and considered urgent are being placed on the ExCo
agenda. This is reflected in the reduced number of ExCos that will sit over the
election period. This is the first ExCo I have chaired since the substantive
Governor left the lsland on 22 April.
We started off with a paper seeking approval for an
application for development permission for the proposed conversion of Sundale
House into a Prison. It was a constructive discussion with a number of points
made. I was advised by Members that they believed that they should not make a
decision on this during the purdah period and wished to delay consideration of
this until the new Council.
We then looked at a paper which sought approval to bring
into force provisions which create the new Land Development Control Authority
and the Land Development Appeals Tribunal. This allows the bodies to be
consulted about draft Regulations. There will be the necessary checks and
balances during this election period. If there are any parts of the Regulations
which require stakeholder consultation, these parts will not be embarked upon
during purdah. Councillors agreed to the provisions being brought into force.
ExCo then considered whether Social Security Regulations
should be brought into force which would provide for an interim increase in
Income Related Benefits and the Basic Island Pension. This increase had been
previously announced in the Budget and it was thought to be against the public
interest to delay the matter further. Councillors agreed to the increase, to be
retrospectively applied from 1 April 2013. Specific details on the increases
will be provided by the Directorate of Health and Social Welfare.
The final paper was administrative and sought to approve the
addition of Sweden to the list of countries where Medical Practitioners could
be registered and so legally practice in St Helena. The new Clinical Director
is registered in Sweden, so it is timely that this be brought into force prior
to his arrival on the Island. The Councillors were content to approve this
change to the Medical Practitioners Regulations.
Having started at 09.30 we were able to conclude our
business at 11.15.
14 May 2013