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Call for review of decision to halt grants to homes in a ‘dangerous condition’

6 July, 2009 - by Fra McCann


Sinn Fein Housing Spokesperson, West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has called on the Housing Executive to carry out an urgent review of its decision to halt grants to houses in a dangerous condition.

Fra McCann said:

“I have received a number of queries form Sinn Fein representatives in rural areas who are concerned that the decision to halt these grants is forcing people to live in not only deplorable conditions but also dangerous conditions.

“The Housing Executive has a duty of care to people and normally there are many grant applications which are made on the grounds of health and safety.

“The Housing Executive needs not only to review the decision to withdraw these grants but it also needs to carry out inspections of these properties to ensure people are not being forced to live in conditions which are life threatening.

“Over the past few months I have challenged the Housing Minister to explain why she ordered that finances be directed away from these grants that are designed to improve the standards in some of our worst housing stock.

“Sinn Féin MLAs have been raising this at the Assembly for some time and calling for additional resources to be made available to break this deadlock. We are also asking for any additional money to be ring-fenced by the Executive to ensure these grants and replacements are continued.

“Sinn Féin have said failure to do so forces people to live in atrocious conditions.” ENDS

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