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Minister needs to explain rent increase - Fra McCann

24 January, 2012 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson, Fra McCann MLA said he is concerned at DSD Minister Nelson McCausland's decision to increase Housing Executive rents by 1% above the rate of inflation.

The West Belfast MLA said:

“This seems to go against the trend of inflation-only-increases of previous ministers and comes at a time when people are suffering from the worst economic crisis in many years.

“I will be asking the Minister to explain the rationale behind this increase. Will the extra money raised be used to increase the quality of Housing Executive stock and address the years of cuts the housing budget has been subjected to?

“It is crucial that any increase in Housing Executive rents is reinvested in the housing stock and projects that will provide much-needed employment in the construction industry.”

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