Intimidation Points

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 7th December 2020.

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Photo of Jemma Dolan Jemma Dolan Sinn Féin 3:30 pm, 7th December 2020

T6. Ms Dolan asked the Minister for Communities to outline how the proposals in her statement on 3 November — to establish a statutory body to oversee the verification of intimidation points and greater PSNI involvement in the intimidation points system process — will be progressed. (AQT 796/17-22)

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin

I thank the Member for her question. That was one of the first questions asked by Dolores Kelly and Linda Dillon at today's Question Time. We need a robust scheme that is properly verified because some people have abused intimidation points. While some people abuse the system, other people are lying on sofas with four generations under one roof. Some of us have constituents with over 200 points who have not received intimidation points, and they need to be supported. We need to ensure that the system is robust and that it verifies anyone's claim for intimidation points.

Photo of Jemma Dolan Jemma Dolan Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat. Thank you, Minister for that answer. It will clearly will take time to develop new proposals. Will interim arrangements be put in place during that development phase?

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin

It will take time to develop the proposals. Next week, I will announce the consultation on the fundamental review of housing allocation points. My officials and I will meet Housing Executive officials to look at next steps. I want the proposals to be brought forward as soon as possible, particularly for victims of domestic abuse and violence to ensure that they are not further penalised as a result of the current system.