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Minister must come clean about housing crisis in Derry

2 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has called on the Department of Social Development and the Minister Margaret Ritchie to state once and for all how many social houses are to be built this year and over the next 5 years in Derry City.

Ms Anderson said:

"Sinn Féin have repeatedly asked the Minister to state what she is doing for the number of homeless people on the waiting list in this city and still there is no answer.

"On the 26th of March DSD released a statement in which they said that the New Housing Agenda is very much on course, the Minister Margaret Ritchie also said in February at Stormont 'that in a few weeks time I will reveal what I will do and how many new social new homes I will deliver with the extra £250m, that was given to me at the Assembly'.

"We are now into May and we have heard nothing that will help the homeless people in this city.

"The Minister does not need to go to England, Harlem or Dublin to find out how she can help the thousands of homeless people here in the North of Ireland. The facts are here - there are over 2,500 on the waiting list in the Derry City Council area and record numbers of people waiting to be housed, many of them families sharing accommodation not suitable for their needs.

"Margaret Ritchie needs to get down to the job here in the North. It is time for the Minister to begin to come forward with something concrete in terms of delivering on her promise to end the housing nightmare." ENDS

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