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Policy Development Board: Housing: Terms of Reference

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A decision made 19 March 2019:

Ministerial decision reference:  MD-C-2019-0039 

Decision summary title:  Policy Development Board – Housing

Decision summary author

Private Secretary to Chief Minister

Is the decision summary public or exempt? 


Report title: Policy Development Board – Housing

Report author or name of

person giving report

Chief Minister’s Department

Is the report public or exempt?


Decision and reason for the decision


The Chief Minister approved the terms of reference for a new Policy Development Board (PDB) in relation to housing. The PDB will examine the housing market in Jersey and develop comprehensive policy proposals that improve the supply, affordability, access to, and the standard of housing in Jersey.


Resource implications


There were no additional resource implications arising from this ministerial decision.


Action required


To establish the Housing Policy Development Board as set out in the terms of reference









Senator J. Le Fondré

Chief Minister






Date signed

Effective date of the decision

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