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Legislation needed halt housing crisis

1 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson, West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has said that legislation is the only way that the current housing crisis will be tackled.

Mr McCann said:

"While there are many many different elements to the current housing crisis, and the recent Semple review identifies many of them, I believe that a legislative requirement that at least 30% of all private development sites are earmarked of social and affordable housing is an essential first step.

"Access to housing is a basic human right. Yet, the current housing crisis means that thousands are trapped on social housing waiting lists, thousands are unable to afford to get onto the housing ladder and thousands of people are left homeless.

"There is a major shortage of both social and affordable housing.

"I believe that the strongest signal that we are prepared to tackle the housing crisis head on must include a commitment to legislation. For example the current planning regulations include provision of social and affordable housing as part of private development yet this has not happened because the regulations lack teeth." ENDS

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