Attacks must end
Calling for an end to attacks on people’s homes in the Short Strand and Newtownards Road areas, Workers Party representative in East Belfast, Kevin McNally, says that unionism and nationalism have failed working class people.
“Sectarian attacks are reprehensible and my thoughts are with those elderly and young people who are living in fear because of them”. Mr McNally said.
“Whatever the underlying cause of recent riots and street disturbances there can be no justification for attacks on families and their homes, police officers or political representatives”.
“Unionism and nationalism have failed working class people and the new political order at Stormont is clearly out of touch with the needs of working class people on both sides of the sectarian divide”.
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Unionism and nationalism have failed working class people
NIHE has transformed the delivery and quality of housing in Northern Ireland
“This is a bad day for public sector housing and those on the housing waiting list in Northern Ireland”, Workers Party spokesperson John Lowry has said.
Reacting to the announcement by Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland to abandon Northern Ireland Housing Executive as a state provider of housing, Mr Lowry said,
“This is a dangerous and backward step. Experience has shown that the private sector and housing associations have failed to meet urgent housing need and where they are providers of housing they charge increasingly unaffordable rents”.
The Workers Party will be looking very closely at the detail of these proposals in relation to the future provision of housing in Northern Ireland.
“I would like to place on record my Party’s appreciation of the work undertaken by the NIHE in the past 40 years, during which time they transformed both the delivery and quality of housing in Northern Ireland” said Mr Lowry.
“For the past number of years there has been a steady erosion of the central role of the NIHE and today’s announcement marks the final move to towards handing responsibility for housing provision to the private sector.
“Profit and private greed not housing need will the hallmark of any new service. Those thousands of people in housing need will find little comfort in today’s announcement” he concluded.
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