DSD Minister can and should manage budget correctly – McCann
Fra McCann MLA for West Belfast has called on social development minister Margaret Ritchie to develop a strategy to deal with the growing problems within the housing sector.
Speaking during a debate at the assembly this Monday on the of social housing and jobs in the construction industry through the development of more houses, Mr. McCann said;
“Sinn Fein fully supports additional resources for social new build housing, but we don’t offer this support at the cost of other elements of the social housing sector.
The SDLP continue to cry poverty where the housing budget is concerned but ignore the fact that the minister tasked with administering their own department must manage their budgets accordingly, particularly within an economic climate like the one that exists today.”
Mr. McCann continued;
“The Minister has instructed the Housing Executive to cut back on all other elements of housing, including grants to those people living in their own homes who require major or minor works carried out. This also impacts upon people who need immediate repairs or upgrades to heating and fuel systems, this is particularly vital as we once again head into the winter months.
All of this acts as a catalyst as to why the Minister must get her budget right, she must prioritise and she must play her part to help stimulate our economy in the current climate, not just with the building of more social homes but with the necessity to carry out the vast amounts of works that are required on existing properties.” CRÍOCH