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Processing time for First Home Buyers’ initiative reduced

Processing time for First Home Buyers’ initiative reduced
July 19
13:18 2017

In 2014, 180 first home buyers were assisted under the Fiji Home Buyers Grant, an initiative of the FijiFirst Government.

Of this, 66 people bought readily built homes and 114 buyers bought land to construct their homes.

In 2015, 364 first home buyers were assisted under the scheme.

Last year, 159 Fijians were able to buy their homes with assistance under this scheme.

However, it has been highlighted in the 2016 Auditor-General’s report that more money from the budgetary allocation need to be used up within the year to assist Fijians who qualify under the scheme.

And, there is also a need to cut back on the processing time taken by relevant Government departments.

In response, the Department of Housing has revealed that it has implemented a two-tier processing system with a turnaround time of 28 days as opposed to 109 days taken previously.

“Since 28 September 2016 the Office of the Solicitor-General had instructed the Department of Housing not to refer the First Home Buyers Application to them, since the current two-tier processing system is quite sufficient, transparent, accountable, fair and strictly processed, deliberated and approved in strict compliance to the First Home Buyer Policy.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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