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Open government is not islands’ top priority, says minister

Freedom of information is not a top priority for overstretched governments in the British overseas territories, MPs in London have been told. Foreign Minister Mark Simmonds also admitted that no territories had been given UK support to end the kind of … Continue reading

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Ninety days in a wilderness: election delayed until last moment

The restoration of democratically-elected government on St Helena is to be delayed until the last possible week. A general election is to take place on St Helena on 17 July 2013 – two days short of the 13-week deadline allowed … Continue reading

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One in ten jobs affected as Castle sheds services, says report

The number of government workers on St Helena is set to be cut by nearly a tenth over the next year, according to the report on the island’s annual aid negotiations. It says the headcount is to be reduced from 820 to … Continue reading

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ExCo secrecy ‘undermines claims’ behind political reform

An expert on government has cast doubt on proposals to make St Helena’s leaders “more accountable” to the people they serve. St Helena Online approached Professor Colin Copus about the government’s blanket refusal to allow access to executive council meetings … Continue reading

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Constitution flaw left leaders challenging themselves

A flaw in St Helena’s constitution means senior councillors can legally be responsible for challenging their own decisions. Last year, two “respected” executive councillors stepped down from the island’s public accounts committee, set up to monitor decision-making, when the flaw was highlighted. Now changes … Continue reading

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The Castle confronts homelessness and over-crowding

A new policy to help homeless people is being drawn up by St Helena Government. It will also confront the issue of over-crowding – “where this exists.” SHG disclosed work on the policy after confirming that eight families on the … Continue reading

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E-coli bug found in island water supply

(11 September update: the water is now free of contamination) by St Helena Government writer Recent water samples from the Rupert’s Valley area have indicated low levels of e-coli contamination. Water in homes and businesses should be boiled or sterilised … Continue reading

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