The work of elected members is divided into a number of areas:
All members work directly with members of their electoral district to help them resolve any problems. This work is varied and involves participation in Parish meetings, Roads Committees and other parish business.
It involves helping constituents directly by helping them to get the correct social security benefits, or resolving a planning dispute, for example. Members receive many phone calls and emails from constituents on a daily basis.
The States Assembly meets fortnightly on average, with breaks at Christmas, Easter and during the summer.
Each States meeting usually finishes at 5.30 pm but can last for as long as it takes to finish the debates on public business. Meetings usually last about 2 days, but can take up to 4 days.
Members need to read and research the main issues to be debated so that they can bring amendments if their constituents would be disadvantaged by any proposals, or where their constituents have expressed strong views.
Ministers, Committees and Scrutiny Panels
Many members are appointed to a particular role, either Minister, Assistant Minister, or Chairman/member of the Public Accounts Committee, Planning Applications Panel, Scrutiny Panel, or Privileges and Procedures Committee, for example. This involves participating in meetings, making decisions on policy, scrutinising policy and improving procedures.
States members’ telephone numbers are found in the front of the telephone directory, and full contact details are listed on www.statesassembly.gov.je. The public can contact the Deputy or Connétable of their Parish, or any Senator for assistance.