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Sinn Féin ‘grave concerns’ over housing inequality

19 December, 2017 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin has raised serious concerns over the Department of Communities plans for social housing here, the party’s Housing spokesperson Carál Ní Chuilín has said.


Speaking after submitting a detailed consultation response to the department, the North Belfast MLA said the proposals do not address housing need or the inequalities within the system.


She commented: “Sinn Féin have submitted this response to the department’s consultation because we have very grave concerns about their proposals.


“They focus on allocations when it is abundantly clear that what is required are tangible measures to address homelessness and overcrowding by building more social housing and allocating them on the basis of objective need.


“The United Nations the Equality Commission have both highlighted the unequal access to social housing for the Catholic community here. That evidence cannot be ignored and the ongoing failure to address social housing on the basis of objective need cannot be tolerated.


“Sinn Féin believes unequal access and unmet need are inextricably linked and structural constraints must be addressed rather than just processes.


“In light of this we welcome the Department’s recognition of the need for more new social housing but the challenge for them will be how they deliver this and in a way that tackles growing housing inequality.”

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