Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly has expressed concerns about proposals in the Department for Communities for a review of social housing allocations.
Councillor Kelly said:
“The crisis in housing provision, particularly the shortage of social housing, but also the lack of site accommodation and adapted homes should be a clarion call for change.
“Many of the proposals outlined are about hiding problems rather than tackling them.
“They are about getting those responsible for the provision of housing off the hook without changing conditions on the ground. They are about reducing the appearance of need not addressing it.
“People without a home or who are living in overcrowded conditions or who are living in poor quality housing without security or certainty, those paying unreasonable rents or without appropriate accommodation to meet their needs, will not find improvement and progress as a result of these proposals.
“Sinn Féin are encouraging people in Derry to respond to the consultation and make their views known to the Department.
“Housing inequalities must be properly addressed. This consultation proposes removing points from families who have been on the housing waiting list for too long rather than supporting them.”