The Guernsey Policy and Economics Group (GPEG), Guernsey’s independent think tank, is planning to conduct an economic and social cost benefit analysis and wider impact assessment of the proposed Discrimination ordinance due to come into effect next year.
Led by Susie Crowder and Connie Helyar, the group will carry out an independent analysis of the likely impact which the proposed legislation will have on its intended beneficiaries, businesses, charities, and the public sector.
Consideration will also be given: as to how this legislation might position Guernsey, strategically, in attracting new business against competing jurisdictions; and the cost implications both for employers and the taxpayer. It will draw comparisons with other possible approaches; and consider the likely effects on those it is intended to support.
Lord Digby Jones, GPEG Chairman commented: “The fact is, it is vital to strike a balance between ensuring those disadvantaged in our society enjoy the opportunities we all take for granted and the real and present danger that any additional legislation in a post Covid-19 recessionary world could lead to businesses, particularly smaller businesses, the lifeblood of our economy, struggle to stay afloat.
There is also the potential risk that such complex and easily exploitable legislation could present the Island in an unattractive position to inward investment. Moreover, the cost to the taxpayer-funded public sector, as the largest employer on Guernsey, would be substantial”.
The proposed legislation, if implemented, will require significant preparation. Employers across the private, public and third sectors will need to understand what this means in practice and prepare for the multi-faceted implications on their businesses and wider social, cultural and economic implications for the Island.
GPEG are currently inviting interested parties to join the focus group to contribute to this study. If you are interested, please contact the GPEG team at firstname.lastname@example.org