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André Quevâtre

Now more than ever, Guernsey needs a resilient government to tackle the challenges ahead. With a strong history of parish service, and the energy to devote myself 100% to the task, I believe I can be your voice in the States of Deliberation.

Who am I?

I am 57 and married with children, step-children and grandchildren. Guernsey has always been my home and that of generations of my family before me.

Since the early nineties I have served as Parish Procureur , Constable and Douzenier. I currently serve on the Vale Douzaine, the Vale Commons Council and the Vale Church Management Board.

My work life started at Tektronix in the seventies. Since then I have had positions of a technical nature with some sales, I.T. and accounts work. I have experienced redundancy and have also worked for a while at Social Security. I currently work for the Guernsey Housing Association developing new social housing for those in need on the island, a job which I thoroughly enjoy.

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If you have questions for me, they may be answered in my new Q&A document here. Of course you can also email, phone or message me. - details at the bottom of the page.

Why am I standing for election?

I think Guernsey is a fantastic place to live but I’m aware that, for some people, life can be difficult. Ill health, financial worries, employment issues and sometimes just the general pressures of modern life can make for a tough time.

I have no easy fixes but I believe that every islander should receive better health services, educational excellence and a wide range of social care ensuring that no one ever has to feel marginalised or ignored.

Why Guernsey Partnership?

Diversity may be a bit of an overused word just now but there is a great positivity when people with different opinions commit to seeing through a majority decision. I am an independent thinker desiring a more decisive government and I'm excited at the possibility of working with others who, although may hold differing policy positions, are just as keen to move forward together.

Health

All of us will have been recipients of one or more aspects of our health service. For a small island I think we do very well. Although I’m not going to fill this manifesto with promises, I will always support paying nurses and healthcare professionals a wage which better reflects their importance.

We find ourselves in the position of having to recruit many staff from outside the island. Is it time to apply a significant increase to salaries and thereby reduce our relocation costs as local people look at a career in healthcare?

Education

Ironically the increasing prosperity of the 80s and 90s meant that the 11 plus became skewed as some could afford tutoring and some couldn’t.

Education is changing and costs are increasing. If two large schools are the way forward for ensuring a solid educational foundation for our children then I will need to be convinced about the many questions this policy raises.

Whilst the ‘pause and review’ requete brings its own problems in terms of delay, I cannot ignore the importance of listening to teachers on matters of education.

The Economy

My family's business included tomato packing back in the sixties and seventies but sadly those days are gone. The Guernsey way is to adapt and prosper however and Guernsey is now a significant player in the world of finance. The pandemic of course has changed everything for us but we are not beaten!

I will do everything in my power to protect and encourage this industry. We need to be well regulated and adaptable in order to prosper and I welcome new initiatives and businesses which add to our offering.

Of course the non-finance sector is just as important and where we are not subject to external regulations, I would like to see far less red tape impeding those people who seek to invest in this island. The builders, tradesmen, I.T. experts and many other industries who help to keep this economy going are also key to our recovery from the pandemic.

It's fine to talk about how the money comes in but of course it goes out just as swiftly! My father was here during the occupation and so I was brought up to be thrifty.

My opinion is that, for an island of just 62,000 people, we spend far too much money trying to justify our decisions. Experts are brought in and sizable reports are written so that, when a decision is made, everyone can point elsewhere when things go wrong. There is a fine balance between good corporate governance and efficiency and I don't think we have it quite right.

Tough times are ahead as we rebuild our economy and we need to be able to tell the difference between the necessary and the nice to have.

The Environment

The simple act of putting our refuse and recycling out each week is a reminder of how far we have come in the last few decades. Our island home forms part of a global picture and we all need to play our part where we can. The pandemic has shown us that we can all accommodate change if we have to.

We would all like to see a sustainable traffic strategy succeed. I believe that workplace initiatives and a flexible attitude to commuting are every bit as important as expensive traffic schemes. The traffic problem is self-perpetuating as parents understandably drive their children to school because of lack of time or very real road safety issues. If we can begin to change this culture then we are making a good start. That said, I am not in favour of just increasing the cost of car usage as this would impact unfairly on young families and the elderly.

One local company has provided small cash (and cachet) incentives for walking, cycling or car sharing the office commute and it has been very well received. Ideas like this get my vote!

Employment and Social Security

Having experienced redundancy some years ago I know exactly what it feels like. However we can be grateful that unemployment is still relatively low in the island and the staff at Wheadon House provide a great service. There are still some big challenges ahead though.

Our Long Term Care scheme is not sustainable and changes are inevitable. Any proposals however, which don’t address the scheme’s full accessibility to non locals after just five years residency will not find favour with me, particularly if people who have lived and worked in Guernsey all their lives find their options reduced.

Housing

International human rights law recognises everyone’s right to adequate housing. The provision of good social housing is something I am currently involved in and it is immensely satisfying to see young families move into decent accommodation where they see a bright future. The same is true when older people are able to move out of unsuitable accommodation into a single storey home.

Society has changed and the days of people living at home until they get married and buy a house are long gone. I recognise how difficult it is to save for a deposit, particularly when our lifestyles place more demands on our finances. However I reject the notion that young people have absolutely no chance of property ownership in Guernsey and I’m aware of plenty examples of hard earned steps on the housing ladder.

Much in the same way that the GHA build identical homes for rental and partial ownership, I believe that those in the private rental sector have every right to good, clean accommodation with fair and transparent leases.

It's impossible to cover every aspect of island life in a short manifesto but I hope I have given you an idea of who I am and how I can work hard for the good of the island.

If you have questions or comments I would love to hear from you. I am at work during the day however so I will therefore only be available during the evenings (up until 10pm) and of course at weekends. I will do my best to reply to any correspondence and phone calls then.

Should I be fortunate enough to be elected I will resign my position at the GHA to commit 100% to States work.

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