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Felix Chaudhary
Friday, January 11, 2013

IMPROVING access to affordable housing or developing squatter settlements into formal housing could address Fiji's housing issues.

This was the view of University of the South Pacific's School of Economics's Baljeet Singh while addressing municipal council heads at the fourth quarter consultative forum in Lautoka yesterday.

"Past housing policies failed to meet housing needs of the growing urban population partly due to problems in the land market, stringent credit for housing, lack of employment and income, land availability and higher premiums levied on native land," he said. In 2005 it was estimated that there were about 182 squatter settlements in Fiji.