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We must protect social housing stock for future generations - McCann

21 October, 2016 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann has called for the house sales scheme to be suspended.

The party's housing spokesperson said:

"Since the inception of this scheme 100,000 social homes have been sold off.

“This has impacted on the long waiting lists for social housing adding to the housing crisis.

"We have a duty to protect what is left of the social housing stock for future generations.

"Recently the Scottish Assembly passed legislation stopping the house sales scheme. The Welsh Assembly is in the process of doing the same as they realise the protection of social housing stock is crucial.

"We also need to take action to halt the further erosion of our social housing stock.

“With almost 40,000 people on waiting lists and 19,000 presenting as homeless each year we can’t go on selling off this precious asset."

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