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Choice Based Letting won't resolve North's housing waiting list

22 January, 2014 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast and Housing spokesperson Fra McCann has said the report by done by Academics at Cambridge University and University of Ulster on the review of the Social Housing allocation System in the North does not offer what is required to deal with what is a flawed and discriminatory system.

 Mr. McCann said,

 “Whilst the authors of the report have suggested a number of different proposals on the allocation of social housing their main proposal of a system called choice based lettings which is used in England offers nothing to the thousands of people in housing need in fact it will add to their misery, to those waiting to be housed.

 “This system does not work in areas of high demand and it also not does not take into account the particular problems we face in divided communities who are coming out of conflict.

 “I have been very concerned that this report will gain weight within the Department of Social Development and be used to bypass the policy of housing need.

 “The only way you can effectively deal with overcrowding and long waiting lists is by building more houses and the Minister must address this by embarking on a new build scheme that will meet the current demand.”

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