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Should Children And Housing Role Be Split?

The Children's Commissioner wants the role of Children and Housing Minister to be split.

A replacement for Senator Sam Mezec, who resigned from government last week, is due to be announced today (17 November).

Senator Mezec was the first politician to become Children's Minister in 2018, which was combined with his other responsibility as Minister for Housing.

The role is currently vacant after he stood down to support last week's vote of no confidence vote against the Chief Minister, which ultimately failed.

Speaking on Twitter, Deborah McMillan says the two roles are in conflict, especially around issues like the child's right to housing.

The Commissioner says she has had more than 600 enquiries since 2018 from children and families where their rights are not being met.

She has called for a full-time Children's Minister 'to hear their stories and take action to get it right for all children.'

The previous Minister has spoken out ahead of the imminent appointment, criticising the Chief Minister for not announcing who he plans to nominate for the role.

He also tweeted to say that States members have already been told of the prospective appointment, which has since been echoed by fellow States member, Deputy Kevin Pamplin.

Jersey Cares has also taken to twitter on the issue, to underline the importance of the role of Children's Minister and of making the right choice: 




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