Housing Waiting List: North Lurgan

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 1:15 pm on 13th April 2021.

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Photo of Deirdre Hargey Deirdre Hargey Sinn Féin 1:15 pm, 13th April 2021

Part of our plan is for those funds go into maintaining the existing stock. There have been huge challenges. It is a part of the revitalisation agenda. If we do not make changes urgently now — we have been talking about this for over a decade, and change needs to happen now — we are going to lose half the stock that the Housing Executive has. That is the hard reality and is part of the cost analysis that we are carrying out.

It is really good and significant that the corporation tax issue has been resolved. We want those funds to go directly back into maintaining existing properties. We can then look at new models of enabling the Housing Executive to borrow so that we can have a more ambitious housebuilding programme.