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Housing Executive response to weather crisis warrants investigation

6 January, 2011 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Fra McCann MLA has said that figures released yesterday by the Chief Executive of the Housing Executive that the repair bill for Housing executive homes could be over £10 million are ‘staggering’ and ‘warrant urgent investigation’.

Speaking today Mr McCann said;

“Despite it not featuring very highly in the media, many people right across the north will be more than aware of the current difficulties facing Housing Executive tenants. Whether homes are still without heating or electricity from before Christmas or awaiting urgent repairs to pipes or ceilings, people need urgent clarity from the Minister about what measures are being put in place by the Housing Executive and Associations to ensure people are being kept up to date and aware of when work will take place.

The questions that apply to other government agencies also apply to the Housing Executive; what measures were put in place in advance of the adverse weather to give tenants the relevant information and assistance, why were elected representatives no immediately issued with an emergency contact number and what happens now to ensure those tenants, many of them from socio-economically deprived areas, who have had to fork out the bill for insufficient electric blow heaters provided by the Housing Executive.

Perhaps if assistive and preventative measures had of been adopted in advance we wouldn’t be dealing with this staggering repair bill of over £100 million.

I will lead a Sinn Féin delegation in meeting with the organisation’s Chief Executive tomorrow (Friday) and these are issues we will continue to explore with him, the DSD Minister and our colleagues in the Executive.” CRÍOCH

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