Alderney 'given harsh treatment' by population law

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KEEPING proposals such as the Alderney resident policy under strict wraps until it is too late to alter them is 'hardly a shining example of openness or transparency', Peter Roffey has said, as he criticised the options available to those living in that island.

Home Affairs has released the details of the policy, which is part of the new population management law, following calls from Deputy Roffey.

The policy states that a person looking to relocate to Guernsey from Alderney for further education, training or employment should:

Have 14 consecutive years' ordinary residence in the Bailiwick immediately prior to accessing a permit under the policy.

Have been resident in the Bailiwick before their 18th birthday, in the household of their parents.

Be under the age of 30 at the time of the permit application.

Also, if the person is relocating to Guernsey from Alderney for further education or training, they must be able to show that they have been offered a place on a recognised course, or if they are relocating for employment, they must be employed in a job that would need an employment permit for the first five years.

Deputy Roffey believes the rules are 'harsh' in a number of areas and has criticised the fact they have not been publicised in draft form.

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