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Sinn Fein call for freeze in Housing Executive rent increases

6 January, 2005

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson, West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has criticised the proposed 3.1% increase in Housing Executive rents and called for rent increases to be frozen.

Cllr McCann said:

"This increase is unjustified. Despite the fact that many people in Housing Executive properties receive some level of assistance this increase will hit many of the poorest people in our society, particularly elderly people with small pensions and the working poor.

"To make comparisons with England and Wales is an attempt to provide political cover for this flawed decision. The cost of living here is significantly higher, in terms of the cost of food and essentials such as electricity. There are also significantly higher numbers of people living on the breadline who will struggle with all additional costs.

"With every passing week it is becoming clearer that direct rule ministers care nothing for the people most marginalised in our society and have failed miserably to secure the adequate resources to tackle the problems of poverty and housing." ENDS

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