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DUP unwilling to tackle North Belfast housing need - Ní Chuilín

13 May, 2014 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has challenged the DUP's record on social housing in North Belfast.

Speaking following a debate on social housing the North Belfast area, Ms Ní Chuilín said;

"Social house-building programmes should be based solely on need. People should be allocated homes on the basis of a fair, equal and transparent points system.

“However, people from the unionist community with the lowest possible number of points are being allocated homes while nationalists in severe housing stress face long waits on housing lists.

“Sadly the DUP is not prepared to tackle this inequality.”

And Carál Ní Chuilín said it was clear that a series of meetings between the DSD minister, the DUP’s North Belfast MP and other senior figures with the housing executive amounted to interference in the housing process.

"What the social development minister and the DUP MP were involved in with the Housing Executive was not just intervention; it was interference,” said Carál Ní Chuilín.

"Instead of trying to fix the housing problems in North Belfast the DUP went away and tried to juggle the figures.

"The DUP were clearly more concerned with which voters were on electoral registers than providing homes based on need.” 

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