Five things Gef thinks you need to know today:
No new equipment from the Chinese firm Huawei can be installed in the island from the end of this year.
The government, alongside Jersey and Guernsey is working to safeguard the island’s telecoms networks and address the ‘risks associated with the use of Chinese technology from high risk vendors’. A recent report to the UK’s NSA has determined the security risks in relation to Huawei resulting from the inability to source specific equipment parts due to trade restrictions imposed by the USA. This has meant that any new Huawei equipment cannot be properly evaluated and the UK has decided to impose the ban of new equipment from Huawei with effect from December 31.
Unemployment in the Isle of Man fell again last month, with 770 people registered as being out of work.
This is down 27 from October (797) and gives an unemployment rate of 1.8%. However, the International Labour Organisation estimates that 1,215 individuals were unemployed and looking for work in November 2020, compared with 1,242 in October 2020. This amounts to an unemployment rate of 2.8%. In April, a record 1,347 were unemployed, higher than at any point in the previous 22 years.
Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Sorry seems to be the hardest word for some departments as Chief Minister Howard Quayle was asked by Speaker Juan Watterson what the government’s policy is on the circumstances where it is and is not appropriate to apologise for service failure. Mr Quayle said that there is no official policy but that he ‘hopes departments, boards and officers are able to apologise when government service falls below the standard expected or where there is a delay or a failure to provide a mandated service’. He added that at times there can be reluctance to apologise as it can be seen as an admission of guilt if there are legal procedures or with issues relating to insurance. Mr Quayle said: ‘This reluctance is troubling as for many people when things go wrong, or there is a service failure, rectifying the situation going forward and a sincere apology is all that they want.’
Plans to allow families in the UK to visit each other over Christmas are being reconsidered.
Up to three households are due to be able to meet for Christmas under plans agreed between the UK government and the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments. After a request from Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson’s cabinet will review plans next week. This comes as it was confirmed that the newly discovered coronavirus strain has spread to Scotland and Wales.
Tax deadline looms
Payment of any outstanding amounts for 2019/20 personal tax assessments and 2020/21 payment on account notices are due on January 6, the Tax Office has warned.There are several ways to pay tax bills, including an online service payment facility which allows people to avoid potentially large queues at the Income Tax Division office as the payment date approaches Anyone who is interested should register for Government Online Services and then follow the links to enrol for Tax Services.
We didn’t forget about the Milk Tray man and his jet ski
Chess Bradley has written about him here.