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A Christmas message from the Chief Minister

23 December 2010

"As 2010 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the challenges we have faced this year. With the effects of the economic downturn still being felt, we have all had to cut back on our spending and find ways of increasing savings."

"This year has not been an easy one for many people. It would be wrong for us to continue spending at our previous levels when many of our Islanders are struggling, which is why the Comprehensive Spending Review continues to be so vitally important.

"I am very proud of what we are achieving as an organisation – all departments have shown commitment to the CSR and have made great progress to set objectives for their own savings targets. This demonstrates the hard work and dedication of our staff members, and I am honoured to work with such inspiring people.

"As we all watch our purse strings, there has been a lot of talk of this Christmas being a more frugal one. Although this may be the case, I hope it does not impact on our enjoyment of the festive period.

"Part of Christmas involves sharing gifts, but there are many other aspects of the celebration that can be enjoyed for free, like spending time with those we love, or attending morning service on Christmas day and joining in with the carol singing. 

"Although most of us will spend the Christmas weekend with our family and friends, sharing in the goodwill and joy that the season brings, I know that many of our staff will be working over the Christmas period. I send my heartfelt thanks to them for keeping essential services running.

"Although 2010 has been a difficult year, I hope that however and wherever you are celebrating Christmas, it turns out to be everything that you hope for, and that you will join me in looking forward to what will hopefully be a positive 2011."

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