‘Social Housing inequality must be challenged’ - Ní Chuilín
There is a huge shortfall in the amount of social housing required to meet demand and it is still not being allocated on the basis of need, Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said.
The party’s Housing spokesperson was commenting ahead of launching a policy paper on social housing which demonstrates the huge disparity between demand and supply.
The biggest shortfall was in West Belfast where 476 homes were delivered compared to a target of 965. This represents just half (51%) of the target. At the other extreme 285 homes were built in Causeway Coast and Glens, over three times the target of 94 homes.
Carál Ní Chuilín has said:
“With over 36,000 households on the waiting list it is clear that there is a chronic shortage of social housing.
“The figures I have obtained from the Housing Executive also confirm that social housing isn’t being built where need is greatest. There are also inequalities within districts. For example even though the overall target has been exceeded in north Belfast we know that new build has not been directed towards nationalist areas where need is greater."
“This represents the unfinished business of the Civil Rights movement which campaigned for housing equality. Such inequalities should not be allowed to persist in 2019 and must be challenged at every level.”