Jersey housing changes could help States tenants

Image caption, Deputy Green will oversee the change from a State owned department to a State owned company

The needs of States tenants could be helped by a new management organisation owned by the public, according to Jersey's housing minister .

Deputy Andrew Green said such a body could reduce waiting lists and find finance for new housing.

He said one of his first jobs as the new housing minister was to oversee the change.

He said: "The only way I can change it is to put us into a legal status as arm's length management organisation."

The minister said: "It must be wholly owned by the government, we cannot negate our responsibility.

"It must be able to behave commercially and take advantage of the assets we've got to build more."

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