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Sinn Féin comment following meeting with Senior Housing Executive staff

7 January, 2011 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson has cautiously welcomed assurances from the Housing Executive that they have plans in place to deal with another period adverse weather.
Speaking after Sinn Féin representatives met senior members of the Housing Executive staff including the Chief Executive and Chairman, Fra McCann MLA said;
“I welcome the fact that today’s meeting took place, Sinn Féin representatives from across Belfast were very eager to relay the concerns and issues facing their constituents, many of whom are still awaiting urgent repairs and unsure about compensation and reimbursement.
We are eager to see a review of what did and didn’t happen over the period of adverse weather; lessons must be learnt by both the Housing Executive and Department of Social Development.
As we emerge from this period many tenants are now unsure about where they stand in relation to compensation and reimbursement as a result of both damage to their properties and having to pay out of their own pockets for electric blow heaters left to heat their homes.
We will be consulting with our party colleagues on the Executive as well lobbying the Housing Minister, to ensure that effective measures are put in place to support those many citizens affected.
We also took the opportunity to raise the serious problems in relation to communication and the ‘brick wall’ faced by both members of the public and elected representatives. The Housing Executive has assured us that lessons in relation to this have indeed by learnt and it is something we will be monitoring closely.” CRÍOCH

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