CGi: population management law ‘needs an urgent review’
GUERNSEY’S new population management law needs to be reviewed urgently because the current delays in processing applications prove it is not working efficiently, according to a leading island business organisation.
The Confederation of Guernsey Industry said it was disappointed – but not surprised – that the new system was not working well and it was worse than what was previously in place.
But Home Affairs president Mary Lowe has argued that a plan was in place to sort out current issues, which were first highlighted in the Guernsey Press last week, and that the island was ‘very much open for business’.
CGi chairman Clive McMinn said: ‘What makes the CGi so concerned is that the Population Management Office approach is overly bureaucratic and applications are taking too long to process, making some virtually impossible to deal with.
‘The fact is that the introduction of this supposedly improved law is actively damaging island businesses and affecting productivity.'