Guernsey

Guernsey population consultation response 'pleasing'

The response to Guernsey's population consultation has been described as "pleasing" by the chairman of the population policy group.

More than 350 responses were received to the 188-page consultation document and more than 800 people took part in events discussing the issues involved.

Deputy Bernard Flouquet said the feedback would have a "real influence".

The group is due to report back later in the year with proposals for managing the size and make-up of the population.

In its summary of the responses it said islanders wanted any new regime to be clear and transparent.

Moves to appoint a statutory official, who would be responsible for day-to-day decision making relating to the population controls, received support from both businesses and individuals.

The group said there were mixed views about at what point someone should be given the right to live in the island permanently.

A large majority were in favour of replacing the current housing licence system with a one of work permits.

Keeping provision to allow non-qualified residents to live in the island also received the support of a large majority of those who responded.

Deputy Flouquet said: "The next report should demonstrate how the feedback has influenced the development of future proposals."

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