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Housing Executive governance problems still remain – Maskey

25 January, 2011

Sinn Féin MLA for west Belfast Paul Maskey has said that this morning’s statement by the Social Development Minister is welcomed in that investigations are ongoing, but that a number of serious issues remain unanswered.

Speaking from the Assembly this morning Paul said;

“I welcome this investigation into governance arrangements at the Housing Executive; many of us have been raising concerns about this issue going back some considerable time. In fact I have tabled questions to this Minister and his predecessor since early 2009 in relation to both Housing Executive staff and their contractors within his own constituency of west Belfast.

The investigations, including that currently being carried out by the PSNI, into governance and other issues of concern at the Housing Executive are ongoing and we await their outcome with interest.

It is important to remember that the Housing Executive avail of a considerable amount of public monies and must be subjected to vigorous checks and balances.

The recent adverse weather highlighted further failings in the management processes within the Housing Executive. Both failure to act as well as a substantial breakdown in communication led to unprecedented disruption and distress to countless Housing Executive and Association tenants. We await a statement from the Minister in relation to this live and ongoing issue.” CRÍOCH

NOTES TO EDITORS: Questions submitted by both Paul Maskey MLA and Carál Ní Chuilín MLA in relation to their concerns about governance arrangements and practices within the Housing Executive and their subcontractors

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