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'Significant changes' needed to the way social housing in Jersey is allocated

The report recommends that the basic banding system for social housing should focus on "housing need". Credit: PA Images

An independent review has found "significant changes" are needed to the way social housing is allocated in Jersey.

The Housing Quality Network Agency report says the existing system does not provide a good enough safety net for islanders due to the tight criteria they need to meet to be considered for the affordable housing gateway.

For example, single people who are under 50 on low incomes are normally not eligible and neither are households with an income of more than £40,000 per year.

It recommends that the basic banding system for social housing should focus on housing need, with band one being for those in urgent need. This would include islanders who are homeless or who have a medical condition. Band three would be for people who are in "low need" and are only able to rent with financial assistance.

Other changes suggested include making the criteria less restrictive for those with residential qualifications. It says single people between the ages of 25-49 on low incomes should be allowed on the housing list and that the amount a household earns to meet the criteria should be increased and regularly reviewed.