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Sinn Féin press Semple over remit of housing Review

20 September, 2006

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson, Fra McCann MLA led a delegation including North Belfast MLA Kathy Stanton and Magherafelt councillor Sean McPeake to meet with the newly appointed chair of the Review into Affordable Housing John Semple.

Speaking after the meeting today Mr McCann said:

"This review is long overdue.We made it clear to John Semple that this review must not be cosmetic exercise. It is essential that his remit is wide ranging and that the review team does not pull any punches particularly in relation to the activities of property speculators.

"There is a housing crisis not just in affordable housing but the also the massive under provision of social housing. The corrosive effect of the dominance of the housing market by property speculators who are manipulating both sale and rental values with the rise of the buy-to-let market cannot be under estimated. The activities of these profiteers is also having damaging impact on community cohesion.

"We will be making a detailed submission in relation to these issues and also the very serious situation that is exists in rural communities where many young people, particularly young families are being forced out." ENDS

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