Response to COVID-19

Scrutiny review - Public Accounts Committee

Launch date: 20/09/2021

Review status: Call for evidence

What is the review about?

​Following the announcement of the first diagnosed case of COVID-19 in Jersey on 10th March 2020, the Government of Jersey introduced a range of measures during 2020 and 2021 to mitigate the spread of the virus, in line with the Safe Exit Framework. 

All Scrutiny Panels have previously undertaken work to analyse and scrutinise aspects of the Government of Jersey's response to the pandemic, including policy measures and legislation. In tandem, the Comptroller and Auditor General has reviewed several strands of the Government's response, including:

  • Procurement and supply chain management;

  • Support to businesses and individuals;

  • Management of public finances;

  • Management of the healthcare response;

  • Communications;

  • Governance and decision making;

The Public Accounts Committee considers that it can add value to the work carried out by Scrutiny and by the C&AG through the undertaking of a retrospective, objective review of the Government of Jersey's implementation of the measures agreed by the States Assembly, Emergency Council and the Council of Ministers. The Committee intends to evaluate the robustness and clarity of the Government's decision-making by examining its procurement procedures, financial management, and performance management.

The Review will seek to address the following key issues:

  • The implementation of measures in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic;

  • The impact of COVID-19 response measures on departmental business as usual activities;

  • The methods of the Government in measuring, monitoring, and reporting on its performance and the impact of the Covid response on work programmes;

  • Identifying and assessing the resilience of internal processes, including whether all processes for monitoring performance (such as self-assessments and Key Performance Indicators) continued to operate adequately during the disruption of key workstreams;

  • Whether the Government applied public funds for the purpose intended by the States in responding to the pandemic and complied with the Public Finances (Jersey) Law and Public Finances Manual;

  • Whether departmental authority was changed during the Pandemic; and

  • Whether sound financial practices were applied throughout the administrations of the public sector during the crisis and where key lessons in governance and financial management could be applied to future crises.

The Review will be coordinated by the Committee's COVID-19 Response Sub-Group, which consists of:

  • Connétable Karen Shenton-Stone (Vice-Chair and Lead Member for this Review)

  • Connétable Andy Jehan

  • Connétable John Le Maistre

  • Dr. Helen Miles (Lay Member)

Review progress

​The PAC will seek evidence from a number of key stakeholders, including Officers from across the Government of Jersey and organisations involved in partnership with the Government's response to COVID-19.

The PAC would welcome comments from any member of the public or on-island organisation about the Government of Jersey's response measures, with a particular emphasis on the delivery of support measures, supply chain procurement, and measures to safeguard public health (including but not limited to the Stay Home procedures).

Members of the Public can make a submission using our online form, or by emailing scrutiny@gov.je.

Terms of reference

1.    To assess the Government's implementation of the Covid-19 Response measures;

2.    To examine the impact of COVID-19 response measures on departmental business as usual activities, including the secondment of Government staff to other departments to aid the response effort.

3.    To assess the methods of the Executive in measuring, monitoring, and reporting on its performance, financial management (including value for money and cost benefit analyses) and impact on work programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

4.    To examine whether the Government has applied public funds for the purpose intended by the States in responding to the pandemic and complied with the requirements set out by the Public Finances (Jersey) Law and Public Finances Manual.

5.    To consider the effectiveness of the Government's governance procedures during the pandemic, with particular regard to its:

a. Decision-Making;
b. Procurement and Supply Chain Management;
c. Healthcare Response;
d. Management of Public Finances;
e. Communication; and
g. Support to Businesses and Individuals

6.    To determine what key lessons in governance and financial management have been learned and will be applied to future crises, including evaluating the Government's response to the C&AG's reports and recommendations on the pandemic response. 


Submissions

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