Guernsey plan to free up more social housing

  • 19 October 2012
  • From the section Guernsey
Guernsey's Bouet housing development
Image caption Single occupant housing is being built to help move people from larger properties

Guernsey's housing department says it is working to free up States houses occupied by a single person.

The department is addressing the issue by working with the Guernsey Housing Association.

The department says there has been a problem for some time with single people under-occupying large States houses which could be used by families.

The department says it is often because the single person once had a large family but their circumstances changed.

A spokesman says they have been purposely building smaller social housing units, at the Bouet and off Rue Jehannet in St Martins, to cater for individuals who under-occupy large homes.

The Housing Department says it needs the larger properties for families who are currently living in cramped accommodation.

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