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June sitting of Tynwald gets underway this morning

TV licences and climate change set to feature

Climate change, TV licences and increasing the Island's minimum wage are among the topics to feature at this month's sitting of Tynwald.

This morning's business will be the question paper, which features 20 queries for oral answer, and a further 12 for written response.

The BBC's plans to charge over-75s for TV licences, unless they receive pension credit, are the subject of a number of questions.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle will be asked about the potential impact on Manx residents, given that pension credit doesn't exist on the Island, while Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan will also provide a statement.

A number of environmental issues also feature on the question paper, along with a request for knife possession statistics, information about Manx patients receiving treatment at Clatterbridge and the EU settlement scheme.

Later in the sitting, members will return to a motion on climate change discussed in May; a combined vote will be held after the branches disagreed over an amendment to Daphne Caine's motion calling for Tynwald to recognise and back funding to tackle the climate emergency.

Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly will ask the court to approve the Minimum Wage report, which would guarantee workers over 18 earn £8.25 per hour from October.

The sitting gets underway from 10.30am. You can follow coverage on Manx Radio's AM 1368 frequency, online or via the smartphone apps.

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