Category Archives: Exco

Secrecy critics form new Executive Council

The five politicians who polled most votes in the 2013 St Helena general election have been named as the island’s new executive councillors. Each will chair one of the five main committees of the government. They are: Lawson Henry (Economic … Continue reading

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Rules laid down for new radio stations – for now

A battle for the airwaves has led St Helena Government to lay down temporary rules on how radio licences should be granted. It says it would be unfair to make applicants wait for a fully-researched policy to be in place. … Continue reading

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Prison plans in hand as Castle sets out vital projects

Basic designs are being drawn up for moving St Helena’s “unfit” prison out of Jamestown. Planning advice is being sought, according to a spokesman for St Helena Government (SHG). First, a new unit for young people with challenging behaviour must … Continue reading

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Council to meet in public for airport buildings debate

Members of the public are invited to observe a special meeting of St Helena’s executive council to discuss the island’s proposed airport buildings. Councillors will discuss the exterior finishes of the terminal and the building that will house the control … Continue reading

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UK group backs campaign to end secrecy in The Castle

A call for more open government on St Helena has been backed by a leading group in the UK. In a message of support, Katherine Gundersen of the London-based Campaign for Freedom of Information says open, honest debate leads to … Continue reading

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Jobs for island contractors after years of under-spending

Island businesses are being asked to help with a backlog of “challenging” work to improve infrastructure on St Helena – such as roads and buildings. It follows a rebuke in early 2012 by aid advisers over delays in spending several … Continue reading

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Minimum wage moves to start ‘without delay’

A law to introduce a minimum wage on St Helena is to be brought into force as soon as possible. Protection against being unfairly sacked is also set to be brought in under the 2010 Employment Rights Ordinance. It comes … Continue reading

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£46,000 a year to make island finances more transparent

An adviser is being recruited to help deal with weaknesses in St Helena’s public services. The job will include making the island’s budget system more transparent. The £46,000-a-year role is to guide the modernising of public service on the island … Continue reading

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St Helena Online joins a campaign for transparency

Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s not good for democracy. St Helena’s elected councillors are making decisions that will set the course of the island’s future, but we are rarely told what they will talk about in advance. That means … Continue reading

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‘We honour the spirit of freedom act’ says The Castle

St Helena Government says it is committed to open government, even though it has not adopted the UK’s Freedom of Information laws. It said: “We do honour the spirit and intent of the Act, but without adopting its cumbersome formality. … Continue reading

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