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Ní Chuilín raises sell-off of public land zoned for housing

18 August, 2017 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Carál Ní Chuilín met with the senior civil servants today to raise concerns around social housing, welfare cuts, and cuts to the Supporting People Programme in deprived areas.

Speaking following a meeting with Senior Officials in the Department of Communities, Ní Chuilín pushed for urgent action on a range of issues, particularly in light of Belfast City Council’s decision to grant land earmarked for social housing to private developers.

Carál Ní Chuilín said:

“Today I met with senior civil servants to raise a number of issues relating to housing and social investment programs.

“I stressed that cuts to the Supporting People Programme would have a damaging impact on housing security for vulnerable people.

“ On Tuesday evening the Planning Committee in Belfast City Council took a decision to grant public land, in an area in dire need of social housing, to private developers.

“In this context, and against the backdrop of relentless Tory austerity, I also urged the authorities to prioritise vesting land in the years ahead to ensure that spiralling housing shortages are curbed.

“There is a pattern clearly emerging where citizens find it increasingly hard to make ends meet. Decisions like the one taken by the City Council’s Planning Committee do little to build public confidence that housing shortages, cuts to welfare and support, and a drought of community investment are being addressed. 

“The purpose of this meeting today was to make the realities of life for citizens in deprived area known to the relevant authorities, and I urge them to take immediate action.”

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