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HE announcements give little solace to those awaiting repairs - McCann

15 May, 2009 - by Fra McCann

Fra McCann Sinn Fein MLA for West Belfast has said this morning’s statement by the Housing Executive, announcing how it will spend its budget ‘gives no comfort to those people expecting major repair schemes or replacement grants’.

Speaking today Mr McCann said,

“Sinn Fein has been concerned for some time now, that the Housing Executive might choose this particular path, which we believe is short sighted and will end up costing more in the long run. We have stated recently that many of the proposed group schemes are cyclical and pre planned and if not completed as planned will fall further into disrepair.

Many of the pre planned replacement schemes are being done because they have out lived their usefulness and need replaced on health and safety grounds. This morning’s announcement will seriously disappoint many tenants across the north.

Sinn Fein welcomes the announcement that 1750 new homes are to be built, which is in line with the programme for government. It remains to see however, if the Housing Executive will be in a position to deliver on this particular promise.

The Housing Executive needs to spell out the impact these cuts to services will have on the housing stock and vulnerable people who await renovations or replacement grants, home improvement grants, LOTTS grants and HMO grants,

Sinn Fein has been saying for some time that the minister is bankrupt of new ideas on how to bring additional housing into play; sadly it appears the Housing Executive come from the same school of thought.” CRÍOCH

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