We face serious budget pressures from the rising costs of health and social care. Initiatives like the Partnership of Purpose and the Supported Living and Ageing Well Strategy – helping people to remain independent for longer in their own homes – will spread some of the load, but with an ageing population and more expensive medical care, costs will inevitably rise.
So I am acutely aware that our capacity to meet these demands ultimately depends on the ability of the economy to create good jobs, generate real income and sustain sufficient tax revenues. Our population deserves no less – a healthy population can only be built on a sound economy.
That’s why as a States Deputy I will work hard to strengthen the underpinnings of Guernsey’s economy. Not just for its own sake, but as the best and indeed the only tool for achieving my overriding goal – to promote a fair and secure society for all.