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

I thank the Member for her question and supplementary. As she knows, in my constituency, some people are sitting on 240 points without intimidation, with no prospect of going anywhere. I think that there was a broad assumption that people who were subject to domestic abuse and violence were allocated intimidation points. That is not the case. The issue did not come up in the consultation as strongly as I felt that it would, but it certainly came up once people realised that that was not the case. After I publish the consultation report next week, I will move straight to options with officials, and, hopefully, I will have something in the coming months. It is really important that that is changed.