Sinn Féin Assembly motion urges Housing Bodies to learn lessons from adverse weather
Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Fra McCann MLA has called on the Social Development Minister to engage an independent investigation into how the various Housing Bodies handled the recent adverse weather conditions.
Speaking from the Assembly this morning, where Sinn Féin submitted the motion to the Business Office, Mr McCann said;
“If recent events have shown us anything it is that lessons must be learnt from how numerous organisations performed during the recent spell of adverse weather. Countless Housing Executive and Association tenants experienced a poor standard of communication, response and engagement from the Housing Bodies as well as their numerous subcontractors.
Our motion expresses deep concern at these obvious failings but calls for an investigation to establish how the Housing Executive and Housing Associations dealt with tens of thousands of requests for help from their tenants who suffered heating loss, burst and frozen pipes etc from December 18th onward.
We need to see real action taken by the Minister and the Housing Executive to ensure that lessons have indeed been learnt and that effective measures are put in place to ensure that there is no repeat of these failings on the scale we have seen over recent weeks.” CRÍOCH
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The text of the Sinn Féin motion is as follows:
This Assembly expresses its concerns at the failures of the Housing Executive and Housing Associations to provide an effective and timely maintenance service to their tenants during the December freeze 2010. This Assembly also calls on the Minister for Social Development to commission an Independent Investigation, the terms of reference of which to be agreed by the Executive. The purpose of the Investigation shall be to establish how the Housing Executive and Housing Associations dealt with tens of thousands of requests for help from their tenants who suffered heating loss, burst and frozen pipes etc from December 18th onward. The Inquiry shall bring forward recommendations to ensure that future emergency plans put in place by the Housing Bodies are fit for purpose to deal with any repetition of the conditions which existed before, during and after the Christmas period.
Fra McCann MLA
Carál Ní Chuilín MLA
Mickey Brady MLA
John O' Dowd MLA