Frequently asked questions

Here are a selection of frequently asked questions, in which we hope to answer queries you might have about the long-term vision for Jersey and the public consultations that have helped to shape it. Click on a question to see the answer.

  • Why does Jersey need a vision?

    Jersey, like other successful places, needs to look ahead and find a way to ensure that it adapts and thrives in a changing landscape. The long-term vision will describe the sort of place we, as a community, want Jersey to become and make sure we don't lose sight of that ambition as the years go by.

    The vision will go beyond any single election cycle to twenty years from now. It will be a clear and meaningful vision that’s more than a wish list of desirable but unrealistic goals. Instead, it will be a statement of what we believe it is possible for our Island to achieve.

  • How was the vision created?

    Public consultation has played a large part in creating the vision. We have also drawn on other visions from around the world, including international standards for measuring progress and ‘big picture’ results, such as safety, heath, a sustainable environment and opportunities for employment, which are universal and drive people’s quality of life wherever they live.

  • Who owns the vision?

    The long-term vision belongs to the community. The Council of Ministers has taken a custodial role in initiating and preparing it, but the vision’s purpose is to convey Islanders aspirations to guide politicians’ priorities and decisions over the next 20 years. Those aspirations have been gathered through public consultation – including focus groups, last year’s My Jersey survey, which drew over 4,150 responses, and the Future Jersey consultation, which recently closed – and taken into account to shape the vision so far.

  • If the vision's outcomes are similar to those used elsewhere, what makes Jersey stand out from the crowd?

    Most communities share similar aspirations - often summarised as ‘a great place to live, work and play’ – but each faces a unique combination of economic, social and environmental strengths and weaknesses and has a different capacity to effect change. Our coast and countryside, for example, give Jersey inherent advantages as a place to live but the physical constraints of being an island pose challenges for land use and migration.

  • Do we have to wait until 2037 for the vision's outcomes to happen?

    The ten Island Outcomes are about our quality of life and some of them will be achieved sooner than others. The indicators will measure how Jersey's is doing and progress against one indicator might be more difficult than against another. But the vision is not about instant results. It is about making a long-term plan so that we don’t lose sight of the future we want.

    We won’t reach 2037 and ask if we have achieved our outcomes as working towards them will be a continuous process. The vision will need to be updated as the years go by. Every new Council of Ministers will have an opportunity to refresh and review the long-term ambitions.

  • Isn't government already working on the outcomes within the vision?

    The outcomes are about our quality of life and already occupy government thinking. There are existing strategies for many things but the vision brings them all together in one place.

    The vision will give us clarity about what we are trying to achieve in the longer-term and should help to ensure that we don’t lose sight of the Jersey we want to experience in the future.

  • How will we measure Jersey’s progress?

    Each of the ten Island Outcomes in the vision will have its own Island Indicators against which Jersey’s progress can be tracked over time. These will be available to view online.

    It is important to recognise that some measures cannot be shifted quickly. For example, one of the indicators for the Health and Wellbeing outcome - we will be an Island where people enjoy long, healthy, active lives - can be measured by healthy life expectancy. Changes to this measure are only possible over a long period of time.

    In cases like this we will need to demonstrate how our actions will make an impact even if moving the headline indicator is slow.


  • Will the vision be ignored after the election in May 2018?

    The vision is here to stay. The outcomes and indicators are about our quality of life and will be as important in 20 years’ time as they are today. There will always be opportunities to improve the vision but at least five Council of Ministers will be custodians of the vision over the next two decades. When each Council comes into being, it will be able to look at the vision, see what is important to Islanders in economic, social and environmental terms – and, importantly, how Jersey is progressing against those aspirations - and use it as a starting point to set its priorities.

  • Will a Council of Ministers be able to change the vision?

    The vision is being created in a moment in time. It must be allowed to evolve as circumstances change over the years. The fundamental structure is based on the things that affect our quality of life and therefore the outcomes are enduring. But the political choices about what is a priority and how best to achieve the results – the long-term ambitions - will change.

  • Will successive Council of Ministers still produce Strategic Plans?

    Yes, Strategic Plans will still be produced. The vision will set the overall direction for what we hope to achieve long-term as an Island and each new Council of Ministers will review progress when they come into office and produce a four-year Priority Plan designed to keep Jersey on course.

  • Why are we thinking long-term when people need help now?

    There is work going on within government and within the community at large to help Islanders with the quality of life issues which the vision is being built around. However, we cannot afford to only look at short-term solutions. We must look at the longer-term so that we are clear about what we are working towards.

  • Where can I find out more about the issues that Jersey is facing and what government is doing about them?
  • Where can I find out more about long-term planning for Jersey?

    At in the long-term planning section.


  • Aren't the vision outcomes just stating the obvious?

    The outcomes are self-evident – they are universal and drive our quality of life - but they still need to be identified and agreed on as part of a coherent planning framework.

    The vision is about coming together to set a direction for the future and not losing sight of what we want to achieve. It is about finding common ground and then having a healthy debate about the means to get there. For example, we can all agree we want to reduce crime levels but people will disagree on how to deal with offenders.

    The vision is also about putting in place a robust means of tracking progress and evaluating whether we are heading towards the outcomes.

  • Why were these particular indicators chosen?

    The 58 Island Indicators have been carefully chosen to reflect international advice and best practice. Many are already measured locally and most reflect those in use in other places.

    The indicators will allow us to monitor progress towards the outcomes over time, as well as compare Jersey with other places which have similar indicators, such as Scotland and the Isle of Man.

    They were chosen in discussion with the independent States Statistics Unit, the Economic Adviser and the Environmental Policy Adviser, as well as qualified statistical officers in States departments.

    There will be opportunities in the future to make improvements to the indicators, where appropriate and subject to independent verification by the independent Statistics Users Group.



  • Why isn't there a tax indicator?

    Looking at our tax rates in isolation doesn’t allow us to measure progress towards our quality of life outcomes. Life satisfaction in Jersey, for example, is similar to that of people living in Scandinavian countries but our tax models are entirely different.

    Collecting taxes raises money to enable government to provide services to support progress. Tax policy in Jersey comes under annual review by the Independent Fiscal Policy Panel.

  • Why isn't there an inflation indicator?

    We have limited control over inflation so instead we have included a consumer price comparison indicator. Inflation is, however, an important secondary indicator to help us understand consumer prices as it is one of the drivers behind our overall cost of living.

  • Plenty of other things could be measured - why aren't they indicators as well?

    The 58 Island Indicators are headline indicators and tell us how an overall trend is performing. Below each one will sit a raft of secondary indicators to provide supporting information to help us understand what is going on and why.

    For example, in order to understand the headline indicator for overall crime levels, we need to look at data about different types of crime, offender profiles and re-offending rates.

    When thinking about which indicators to use, we must also make the distinction between how Jersey is performing and what is being done to achieve progress, which belongs in delivery strategies flowing from the outcomes. For example, the number of police officers on the streets is a means to achieve progress, not a means of assessing whether progress is being made.  


  • Why isn't a big issue like climate change an indicator?

    It is not possible to measure the impact of climate change on Jersey through a single indicator. Climate change will impact on each outcome in different ways. On p54 of Future Jersey, we identify how you can put it at the heart of the vision framework and consider how it impacts on our different long-term ambitions.

  • What was Future Jersey?

    Future Jersey was the final stage of the Shaping Our Future public consultation to shape Jersey's first shared, long-term vision.

    It asked Islanders for their views on proposed long-term community, environmental and economic ambitions for Jersey to make sure they felt the vision was heading in the right direction. 

    The consultation closed on Wednesday, 4 October 2017.

  • Why doesn't Future Jersey include an annual population target?

    The long-term vision is about more than setting a number to cap the overall population number. It aims to demonstrate how population, along with many other big issues, does not stand alone but impacts on many issues and potential States policies. The issue of population lies behind the vision as a whole and is about our quality of life, rather than an isolated number.

  • Why did Future Jersey contain so much information?

    Before setting the final vision, it was important to understand the facts and figures which lie behind where Jersey is today otherwise the Island will end up with an unrealistic wish-list which cannot be achieved.

    Our long-term ambitions for Jersey must have substance behind them therefore the Future Jersey discussion document drew together a lot of information, including Islanders’ views on what Jersey’s future should look like.


  • Why didn't Future Jersey tell us how to achieve the outcomes?

    Future Jersey was the final part of the public consultation to shape the vision, which is about what our ambitions are and what we want our future to look like, not how we are going to achieve our ambitions.

    The answer to how we are going to make the ambitions become a reality lies within delivery strategies and resource plans. These will change according to political choices, progress made and emerging issues, which is why they are guided by, but not included in, the vision. We are not starting from scratch though - the States, and wider community, already operates an array of economic, social and environmental strategies. Part of the vision’s purpose is to ensure all these different plans link together and align, and to ensure their impact can be reliably measured.

  • Will the final vision be based on Future Jersey alone?

    The final vision will take into account public feedback on the long-term ambitions proposed in Future Jersey, as well as earlier feedback given during the entire Shaping Our Future community consultation, started over a year ago. Earlier surveys and consultations will also play their part in shaping the final vision.

  • Why did you consult the public again about the long-term vision?

    For the long-term vision to work, it must be a shared vision with widespread support; the public must feel they have been listened to.

    Future Jersey was the final part of public consultation to shape the vision and took into account earlier consultations - including Islanders’ views expressed in last year’s My Jersey survey - as well as facts and figures about where Jersey is today, before setting proposed long-term ambitions for the future.

    It was important to find out if people feel these ambitions reflected the future they want for Jersey before the vision is finalised later this year.

  • Will people's views really be taken into account?

    Although the process to shape the Island’s first long-term vision is reaching its conclusion, it will only be finalised once the results of the Future Jersey consultation have been compiled, analysed and taken into consideration.

  • How long was the Shaping Our Future consultation open for?

    The Shaping Our Future consultation began in March 2016 with stakeholder meetings, presentations to companies, not for profit organisations and charities, and at public events and meetings across Jersey. The MyJersey online survey was open for six weeks until 31 July 2016. The Future Jersey consultation period ran for three months and closed on 4th October 2017All the public feedback is being taken into account before the vision is finalised.


  • What is My Jersey?

    My Jersey was an online survey that ran for six weeks in 2016, asking Islanders to give their views on how they think Jersey is doing today, and how they would like it to be doing in the future. It was part of the wider consultation called Shaping Our Future, which formed the basis for a new, long-term vision for Jersey.

    The My Jersey results, which are available to view on this website, were carefully considered and taken into account when setting the proposed long-term ambitions contained in Future Jersey.

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  • Who can I contact to find out more or express my point of view?

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