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Sinn Féin confident of progress on review of housing allocation

10 November, 2005


Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson, West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has said that he is confident on progress on a review of the Housing Executive's allocation system that will lead to a fairer allocation of points, particularly for young homeless people and end the misery of prolonged stay in temporary accommodation.

Cllr McCann said:

"Following a number of meetings with Direct Rule Housing Minister David Hanson and the Housing Executive I am confident that there will be early progress on a far reaching review of the Common Selection Scheme used by the Housing Executive to allocate housing.

"David Hanson has now confirmed that the Housing Executive will take forward a review that will lead to a fairer allocation of points, particularly for young homeless people and end the misery of prolonged stay in temporary accommodation.

"The decision that greater recognition should be attributed, within the allocation points system, to the length of time that homeless people placed in temporary accommodation should have to wait for permanent housing is long overdue.

"Sinn Féin have argued for radical reform of the housing allocation system and I am confident that research being undertaken by Ulster University will further add weight to the campaign for comprehensive changes to the Common Selection Scheme." ENDS

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