TRP or no TRP: that is the question:

14th January 2014

More than 40 measures to change Guernsey's population control policy were passed by the States in June 2013.

But opponents say Islanders have not been given enough detail about the changes, and that such a fundamental change to people's rights should be put to a public vote, especially as the intention is to pass the changes into law before the next election in 2016, denying residents any further say on the matter.

Particular concern focuses on the introduction of 8 and 14 year milestones for those living in the island, whether under licence, work permit or otherwise, to qualify for permanent residency. This includes all locally born children who would not be classified as local if they left the island before completing the 14-year period.

Two former States deputies are leading the opposition and critics within the current States Assembly include Housing Minister, Dave Jones, who supports some of the changes but is particularly fearful about the abolition of TRP restrictions for local market housing licence holders, vociferously stating that it will worsen the island’s prospects for providing affordable housing by disadvantaging first-time buyers and increasing pressure on the lower sector of Guernsey’s rental market.

Public meetings are being held and debate is raging on social media, all of which Cooper Brouard will continue to monitor as part of our service.