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The wait for qualies
By Ryan Morrison
The wait for housing qualies could go down to 10 years from the current 12.
Is the island full?
You currently have to wait twelve years after moving to Jersey to get full housing qualifications.
But there has been suggestions from the islands Housing Minister that the period could drop to ten.
However, the Assistant Housing Minister doesn't believe that should happen.
A review has been carried out by Housing and the Migration and Population department into the whether the qualification period should be lowered.
But Deputy Sean Power says the States shouldn't do anything to affect the housing market now.
He told BBC Jersey: "There is a view that residential property prices are too high. I think a period of adjustment and possibly consolidation is needed and I think that any States Department that gets involved in a cooling down period should perhaps review that and not get involved.
"That view will be taken into account in the review that is taking place into the qualification period."
Jersey's Housing Minister says it'll be up to him whether to ask the States to drop the current period new comers have to wait to get their housing qualifications.
Mr Power says a review by the department is against dropping it to ten years.
He said:: "There are many many young guys and gals and couples out there in their late twenties, early thirties that would love to get on the housing market but they can't.
"What we've got to do is give the market a period to cool down as it has been overheated. Hopefully the market will cool down and let the States stay out of it."
But his boss, Senator Terry le Main says that's incorrect and reducing it to ten will have little affect on house prices.
He says there's no split in the department and his Assistant is just being enthusiatic.
How about you?
Do you agree with Deputy Power who believes qualifications should remain at twelve years? Or should it be reduced to ten?
Should there be any qualification period at all? Should the islands government look at alternative means of population control? Or is equal access to a good standard of housing a basic human right?
Is restricting housing the right approach to handling the islands immigrant population, should an alternative method be found or should we just have an open door policy?
What about Jersey born people having to live here ten years to qualify, should that restriction be removed or is it essential in an essential element of controlling a large population on a small island?
last updated: 09/01/2009 at 17:09
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