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Minister needs to return to tackle lack of social housing

13 October, 2015 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has said the Social Development minister needs to return to his desk and work to address the lack of social housing in East Derry. 

Mr Ó hOisín said; 

"In response to an Assembly question I asked about housing need in East Derry, the Department of Social Development confirmed that only 100 houses were built in the last five years with just five houses completed in the last year. 

"My offices are inundated with queries about social housing and we are seeing an ever-increasing waiting list, particularly among single men who find it almost impossible to acquire the necessary points. 

"I am also concerned about the lack of planned additional social housing units due to start up to 2018. Fewer than 300 units are planned and this will simply not address the growing waiting lists. 

"The currently absent Social Development minister needs to return to his post and set about working to reduce social housing waiting lists in areas like East Derry."

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