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Strategic Housing Partnership Board formed

29 September 2021

The new Strategic Housing Partnership Board will meet for the first time today. The Board is made up of representatives from across Jersey's housing sector.

Forming the group was one of the key priorities within the Creating Better Homes plan, published by the Minister for Housing and Communities in June this year.

Chaired by the Minister, it brings together community, industry and Government voices for regular collaboration on key housing issues. The first meeting will be used to set the Terms of Reference, discuss modern methods of construction and their impact on Jersey, and to visit the Horizon development.

Minister for Housing and Communities, Deputy Russell Labey, said: "Since the demise of the old Housing Forum over 20 years ago, there has not been a clear, systematic opportunity for the housing sector and key players to come together to discuss their challenges and opportunities. This new Housing Partnership does just that, and allows these voices to contribute and help shape the Island's future.

"A key priority of the Creating Better Homes plan is to strengthen leadership in the Island's housing system, and it is vitally important that we ensure there is frequent dialogue between the industry and key stakeholders. I hope to see robust and constructive discussions as we work to address Jersey's challenges together."

The following organisations have been invited to participate:

  • Government of Jersey
  • Representative from Children's Services
  • Office of the Children's Commissioner
  • Caritas
  • Citizens' Advice Jersey
  • Jersey Homelessness Strategic Board
  • Andium Homes and Housing Trusts
  • Jersey Construction Council
  • Jersey Chamber of Commerce
  • Jersey Development Company
  • Jersey Landlords Association
  • Association of Jersey Architects
  • Jersey Bankers Association

The Partnership will be supported by the Government of Jersey's new Strategic Housing and Regeneration team. Deborah Reeve has been appointed as interim Head of Strategic Housing and Regeneration and will lead the creation of the team. The role will take forward the development of housing policy across Government departments, increase support for the coordination and forward planning of housing delivery, and track and report on the delivery of the Creating Better Homes plan.

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