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Money matters debated at meeting

Posted Thu 15th April 2010 at 10:54

Islanders spent 60 minutes discussing Alderney's accounts at last night's people's meeting.

Former States members Chris Main and Frank Dean offered their thoughts on the figures.

Mr Main asked why so much was being spent on the Alderney Gambling Control Commission - the body which regulates the island's e-gaming industry.

"£50,000 more was spent on staff costs at the Gambling Commission than on public works, the harbour and Water Board put together," said Mr Main. "I don't know how they can warrant that much money."

Meeting convener Richard Willmott said: "Staff costs do include other costs, such as expenses. However, I understand the point you are making."

Mr Dean said Alderney would be stuck if its e-gaming revenue dried up.

"Without the Gambling Commission we would not have a capital programme. It has been a cash cow but we can't guarantee it in future.

"I wonder what we will do for capital if the Gambling Commission finishes. I think we would be stuck. We should be spending the resources it generates very wisely."

Mr Dean went on to say the States should rethink its plans to spend millions on setting up a housing association.

"Something has to be done. The States has budgeted to spend about £5m over four years. Surely we cannot use capital for this without a drastic rethink."

Alderney's water project, the States pension fund and the Alderney Commission for Renewable Energy were also discussed at the meeting, which was held at the Island Hall

The next States meeting will take place at the Courthouse on Wednesday (April 21) at 5.30pm.

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