Social Housing in Lagan Valley

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:15 pm on 7th May 2002.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 4:15 pm, 7th May 2002

12. asked the Minister for Social Development what plans he has to provide more social housing in the Lagan Valley constituency.

(AQO 1279/01)

Photo of Jim Wilson Jim Wilson UUP

I ask the Minister to be brief.

Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Opposition Whip (Commons)

In answer to the Member’s supplementary question in the House on 8 April, I detailed the social housing plans for the next three-year period. In summary, nine new homes are currently under construction, with a further 218 planned for the period 2002-03 to 2004-05 throughout the Lagan Valley constituency. The Housing Executive, as the arbiter of housing need in the Province, assures me that the current housing needs of the area are largely being met. However, it is also aware that there has recently been an increase in waiting lists and housing stress in many areas, including Lisburn. A review and analysis of these trends is currently in progress. The annual roll-forward of the programme is due to take place in December, and my Department, in consultation with the Housing Executive, will look afresh at the information emanating from the waiting lists in Lagan Valley, and will reprioritise the new-build programme as appropriate.

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

I would like to clarify the Minister’s information. I received information from the local office that 137 new-build houses were coming on-stream. That indicates that there is a problem with information coming from the central offices to the local council.

Photo of Jim Wilson Jim Wilson UUP

The time for questions is up. I am certain that the Minister will reply to the question at a later date.