Jersey Chamber of Commerce – September lunch – Housing

Deputy David Warr, Minister for Housing and Communities speaking at today’s Jersey Chamber of Commerce lunch gave a verbal commitment to the room to move for a definition of homelessness in Jersey.

In addition, David articulated that he intended to push for greater support for tenants, to tackle the issue of empty homes and look at modern methods of construction. He said that he was looking for a collaborative approach to do the right things at the right time to try and tackle the housing crisis, and was focused on long-term solutions. David recognises that Jersey has a finite land resource and is keen to push for development of houses of the right quality.

Finally, and in response to one of the questions from the floor, David said that he was looking to reduce the age requirement for those looking to access the housing gateway and to review the current savings criteria, but was also mindful of the need to control the fine balance between supply and demand.