Serious concerns over housing maintenance and replacement budget raised
Fra McCann MLA, Sinn Féin’s housing spokesperson at the
Assembly has called on the Social Development Minister to state how the
additional £20million allocated from the June monitoring round to ensure maintenance
and replacement contracts went ahead has been allocated and spent.
Speaking today Mr McCann said:
“Over the past weeks I have spoken to small building contractors who believed that their contracts for housing maintenance were to be met in full by the granting of the additional funding under the June monitoring round.
“They have now been informed that only £5 million is to be allocated to Egan contractors who are involved in kitchen replacements. This is only half of what was expected and this move will ensure that we will once again be at crisis point in relation to the refurbishment of peoples home before the end of the financial year.
“Sinn Fein were to the fore in ensuring that the allocation of this money had conditions attached to it. There were strong concerns that this money was going to be redirected and spent elsewhere. The very fact that it was ring fenced showed the Executives concern at the way the social development budget has been delivered.
“Clearly now the Minister needs to explain where the other £15 million has been allocated in order to allay these fears and the concerns of many people who are still waiting upgrades on their homes.”