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Granada Debate: Is the North West in the grip of a housing crisis?

Soaring rents, poor living conditions and rising homelessness in the region, is the North West in the grip of a housing crisis?

That's this month's Granada Debate:

IoM public sector housing consultation deadline approaches

A points-based system is used to prioritise the needs of those on the housing waiting list, which currently stands at 663 people. Credit: PA images

The Isle of Man Government is seeking feedback about how public sector housing is allocated.

The Department of Infrastructure have opened an online consultation, as part of a wider review of all aspects of housing provision.

There are approximately 5,500 general needs public sector houses on the island, with an update needed to access and eligibility criteria to better reflect changes in society.

A points-based system is used to prioritise the needs of those on the housing waiting list - 663 people currently.

Islanders are being asked to comment on proposed changes to local residency requirements, reduced thresholds for savings and financial assets, capping the number of points awarded for time spent on the waiting list and prioritising families with younger children.

Responses can be submitted before February 18th at consult.gov.im and further information is available from housing@gov.im.

WATCH: Housing chiefs reassure high-rise tenants

Housing associations, trusts and management companies across our region have moved to reassure their high-rise residents of safety after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Granada Reports has learned there are at least six hundred buildings of six stories or above in our region - home to thousands of people.

As a public inquiry's ordered in London, the authorities here are checking that their cladding, fire alarms and risk assessments pose no danger to those living in their tower blocks.

Matt O'Donoghue has been out with one Housing Trust:

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