Guernsey population policy 'needs to change'

Geoff Mahy
Image caption Deputy Mahy said without change the system would be open to challenges

Guernsey's population policy needs to change to avoid legal challenges, according to one politician.

A public consultation began on Thursday following the publication of a report by the Population Policy Group.

Deputy Geoff Mahy, a member of the group, said the proposals would help Guernsey stand up to legal scrutiny.

He said: "We really need to have a situation where it is effective and will wash its face and stand up to scrutiny."

Deputy Mahy said: "If we did stay where we are we would be continually challenged in the courts.

"Once someone has lived in a house, that's their home, in excess of seven, approximately eight years, they're likely to win [the right to stay]."

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