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Sinn Féin calls for changes in Housing Legislation to allow Housing Executive to build new homes

17 February, 2004


Sinn Fein Housing Spokesperson Fra McCann has called for changes in Housing Legislation to allow the Housing Executive to start building new homes.

Mr McCann said:

"The current situation where the Housing Executive cannot drive forward a major building strategy is a disaster. It means that we are not nearly meeting our targets in terms of providing social housing The result is longer waiting lists, greater housing stress, more overcrowding and a huge demand for social housing.

"We need to radically review the current strategy because the reality is that the current housing strategy is failing to meet need. The Housing Executive is well placed to be the central driver in a major strategy of social housing build.

"The current hotch potch of social housing providers means that there is any strategic overview is lost. There needs to be a level playing field for the Housing Executive in the provision of social housing. It is the only way that we will begin to meet our housing need." ENDS

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