Intimidation Points System

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 7th December 2020.

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Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin 2:45 pm, 7th December 2020

Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, with your permission, I will group questions 1 and 10.

I will publish a consultation outcome report on the fundamental review of social housing allocations next week. That will include a preliminary time frame for the implementation of the proposals. I have publicly stated that I will not proceed with the removal of intimidation points. I want to retain those points for those who really need them. There is a strong perception that the intimidation points system is being abused, and I want to see alternative mechanisms implemented to strengthen the verification process and put an end to that abuse.

That may require the establishment of an independent body, once options have been developed.

It is unacceptable that victims of domestic violence are not currently treated with the same priority as those who receive intimidation points. I want that to change as soon as possible.