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Cllr Reilly’s Motion passed at Northwest area meeting to reinstate the financial contribution scheme

17 December, 2014


Speaking after her motion was passed at the Northwest area committee meeting calling for the reintroduction of the financial contribution scheme,

Cllr Noeleen Reilly said,

‘I am delighted my motion was passed today.  It is a necessary first step in the reinstatement of the financial contribution scheme.  We have a ridiculous situation whereby we have older persons over the age of 55 living in homes that are too big for their needs and we also have a situation where families are living in homeless accommodation.   I find it very frustrating for both parties involved here.    This is a very practical measure where senior citizens can downsize and we can bring much needed family homes back into the housing stock’.

The financial contribution scheme meant that those over the age of 55 years who find their dwellings too large for their needs, may request the Council to purchase their home in return for a lifelong tenancy in a senior citizen dwelling, on the condition that they make a financial contribution to the Council under the terms of the Financial Contribution Scheme. 

She further added,

‘My motion will now go forward to the housing special policy committee for debate.  We need to get this scheme kick started again and bring much need family homes back in to the housing stock.

The number of allocations to the scheme has reduced by 83% over the last six years as the council scaled it down and then finally suspended it.

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

19

14

22

27

55

112

The proof is in the pudding the scheme worked when it was in operation.  We need to think outside the box to solve the housing crisis and this measure is one that can help many families.’ END

Motion in the name of Councillor Noeleen Reilly

In light of the huge housing crisis that the North West Area Committee supports the reintroduction of the financial contribution scheme for older people so that those living in houses that have become too big for them can sell their home to the council at a discounted cost and in turn be accommodated in a unit which matches their needs.

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