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Maskey welcomes Equality Commission investigation into DSD housing policies

15 May, 2014 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed news that the Equality Commission is to investigate whether Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland's department breached equality schemes on housing. 

Speaking after the Equality Commission announced it will conduct an investigation into "potential failures" by the Department of Social Development to comply with its approved equality scheme in connection with the Housing Executive Strategy 2012-2017, the South Belfast MLA said; "This investigation is a welcome development. We in Sinn Féin have raised concerns on a number of occasions over DSD housing policy, particularly in areas such as North Belfast. 

"We have also submitted a complaint to the Equality Commission over concerns surrounding DSD housing issues and met with them to outline our concerns in detail and we will also await the outcome of that."

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