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Social Housing: Fermanagh and South Tyrone

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

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Photo of Richie McPhillips Richie McPhillips Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:15 pm, 15th November 2016

T8. Mr McPhillips asked the Minister for Communities whether his Department has plans to build any social housing in Fermanagh and South Tyrone, given that he will be aware that the social housing waiting list in that constituency is continuing to grow, with demand greatly outweighing supply. (AQT 493/16-21)

Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP

This is an issue that all Members raise when it comes to the need for social housing. His own party had a debate on the issue, and I put on record our desire to deliver the numbers of social homes over the period of this Assembly. That is a challenging and ambitious target that we are setting ourselves. Of course, Fermanagh and South Tyrone will be an area where we will want to deliver new homes.

The Executive are clear that we want to deliver new social homes. We want to improve people's housing environment, and there is a dedication on our side to do that.

Photo of Richie McPhillips Richie McPhillips Social Democratic and Labour Party

Irvinestown in particular is suffering from a lack of social housing provision. Can the Minister outline any plans that he has for the Irvinestown area and give assurances that he will instruct the Housing Executive to urgently undertake a review of the area?

Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP

I will be happy to take that issue up on the Member's behalf in respect of Irvinestown.

It is the Housing Executive that ultimately needs to look at these areas and work with housing associations to deliver social housing. I am happy to raise the Member's specific point with the Housing Executive on his behalf, and I will correspond with the Member.