Social Housing: Adapted New Builds

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 15th November 2016.

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Photo of Ian Milne Ian Milne Sinn Féin 3:15 pm, 15th November 2016

T7. Mr Milne asked the Minister for Communities how he plans to meet the needs of those people who require specially adapted new builds in the Mid Ulster area. (AQT 492/16-21)

Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP

We have been looking at special adaptations in homes across the Province, not in just Mid Ulster. The Housing Executive is looking at how we address those needs and at the criteria for new builds to make sure that there is scope for having buildings with the required special adaptations.

Photo of Ian Milne Ian Milne Sinn Féin

I thank the Minister for his response. I asked the question in the knowledge of the dire need in the Mid Ulster area among some families for such new builds. There is a long waiting list. Housing associations do not have plans to bring that about in the short term. My supplementary question is to ask you to treat this as a matter of urgency.

Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP

I reassure the Member that this is an area that I have been engaging on with the Housing Executive. Indeed, I am due to have one of the annual reviews that take place with the Housing Executive. Let me assure the Member that I will put on the agenda for that formal meeting how the Housing Executive will address the issue that the Member has raised.