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Still no explanation for delay in mortgage scheme - McCann

10 October, 2009 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Fra McCann MLA has called on Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie to explain the delay in the much lauded mortgage scheme for people in danger of loosing their homes, particularly given the current economic climate.

Mr McCann said;

“For over 18 months now we have heard how the Minister was going to bring in a series of measures which would help those who have found it difficult to keep up with their mortgage payments and face the possibility of losing their homes.

"Whilst mortgage assistance has been enacted in other jurisdictions, sadly that hasn’t been the case here in north as the minister has failed to live up to peoples expectations by not delivering on her promises.

"Margaret Ritchie should tell us what action has been taken thus far in implementing this scheme, as up until now it has been very limited. The harsh reality is that people out there are loosing their homes and they are looking to the housing Minister for assistance; it must be forthcoming.

"An effective way of dealing with this growing crisis is to implement an effective process of giving advice on these matters to people as early as is possible; that must be rolled out right across the Six Counties as the economic realities of this situation know no bounds.

"The Minister and her Department should also consider facilitating practical help for those people who are about to those their homes that will see them be able to remain there as opposed to have to relocate to a hostel which can be an expensive and deeply upsetting situation, particularly for young families. It will also help prevent people from languishing on the housing waiting list for who knows how long.” CRÍOCH

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