19 November 2014

Question Time: Social Development - Tuesday 18 November 2014



Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey said he did not believe there was a crisis in social housing in north Belfast.

In reply to a question from Alban Maginness, Mr Storey said that "over the past five years almost a thousand new social homes haver been delivered in the north Belfast parliamentary constituency at a cost of £140m, and a further 260 new social homes are currently under construction".

Mr McElduff asked the Minister about Coownership Housing in West Tyrone and how many people have benefited from the continued investment in coownership housing since May 2011.

The Minister stated "I thank the Member for his question. Between May 2011 and 31 October 2014, the last date for which data is available, the Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association received 163 applications and has supported the purchase of 77 affordable homes in the West Tyrone constituency area at a total value of £8 million at the time of purchase. A further 17 properties are in the process of being purchased in the area at a total value of almost £2 million. It is important to remember that the shared equity housing that coownership provides is demand-led and that potential homebuyers approach the association with a property already selected".

During the 15 minute period of Topical Questions to the Minister he was asked question on Child Maintenance Service, Bungalows and New-Build Programmes, DSD Senior Staff Numbers and Cost and Housing Associations Performance.