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Politicians of conviction needed

Minister reflects on attitudes survey

An Island-wide Social Attitudes Survey gives politicians a clear picture of what matters most to the people they represent - and where new thinking is needed.

That view from Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas, after the publication of the second survey of its type, assessing views in areas from transport and recycling, to life satisfaction.

Confidence in the emergency services, health and education is high; the vast majority of us feel safe; and we are largely satisfied with life in the Isle of Man.

But the survey also showed a substantial minority (40%) have experienced some financial strain in recent years, and only half think government makes a positive contribution to their lives.

Mr Thomas has also defended some recent austere moves by government.

He says proposals such as a hike in prescription charges are 'small beer' when the wider picture is viewed:

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