States head for a pay rise

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STATES Members yesterday paved the way for their pay rise to go ahead despite hundreds of Islanders facing an uncertain employment future and tough economic times.

In a repeat of events in 2010 when a similar proposal for a pay freeze the following year was blocked, the States yesterday voted 31-16 not to lift the rules that stop Members discussing matters in which they have a financial interest.

As a result, St Saviour Constable Sadie Rennard's proposition that Members should not receive a £818 pay rise as proposed by the independent panel that sets their pay, could not be considered.

Instead, the pay rise - which equates to 1.8 per cent - automatically comes into effect.

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