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Concern that people with disabilities are being failed by Housing Minster

3 October, 2008


Concern that people with disabilities are being failed by Housing Minster

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún voiced concern that more than 4,200 households with a person living with a disability may not have the adaptation they need carried out if the Social Development Minister fails to effectively prioritise this important issue..

Ms de Brún recently hosted a Disability Action delegation from the North of Ireland to the European Parliament in Brussels where they held discussions about new anti-discrimination legislation proposals that could improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Ms de Brún said:

"Disability rights is a major issue facing many of my constituents, with the North of Ireland having a very high rate of disability compared to other regions.

"It is matter of huge concern that thousands of people living with disability in the north will not get the work they require carried out on their homes to help provide the quality of life to which they are entitled. Some 4,200 households with a person living with a disability may not have the adaptation they need carried out if the Social Development Minister fails to effectively prioritise this important issue." ENDS

Note to Editors

Disability Action have identified more that 4,200 households with a person living with a disability that may not have the adaptation carried out to their homers (including 950 within the Housing Executive, 1770 in the Private sector and 1500 in Housing Associations).

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