The Chief Minister has approved various transfers of functions amongst Ministers, reflecting new responsibilities under their ministerial departments. The changes will align more effectively with the Council of Ministers priorities.
Responsibilities for Children’s Services and Children’s and Adolescents Mental Health Services are being transferred from the Minister for Health and Social Services to the Minister for Children and Housing. This will better enable the Children’s Minister to focus on the commitment of the Council of Ministers to put children first.
The responsibility of the Ambulance Service which was also previously under the Minister for Health and Social Services will now be based with the Minister for Home Affairs which will enable a more streamlined department within Justice and Home Affairs.
Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré said: “These moves are part of a process of focusing on the priorities set out by this Government in its Common Strategic Policy, and enabling the Council of Ministers to deliver on these in the most effective manner possible.”
More functions are being reassigned to the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, supporting work to deliver economic growth that is sustainable, coherent, and productivity-driven.
The transfer of financial services responsibilities to the Minister for External Relations Minister, will better protect and promote our financial services industry internationally, especially in a post-Brexit environment.
These moves will ultimately enable the Chief Minister to better focus on the overall strategic direction of government, appreciating the scale of the ambitions proposed in the Common Strategic Policy, and to prioritise engagement with States Members.
Government of Jersey Press Release.