New poll says government must address homelessness and religious segregation in housing
The Northern Ireland government’s draft programme for government (PfG) framework must include good housing as a core outcome according to CIH Northern Ireland. A new poll shows the majority of CIH members in Northern Ireland think that housing is not a high enough priority for the government.
CIH director for Northern Ireland Nicola McCrudden said: “The draft programme for government framework names 14 major outcomes – unbelievably, housing is missing. It seems that having a home is not equated with the other big societal issues like health, the economy, jobs and the environment. This is despite the fact that good housing means better health and wellbeing and is critical to economic growth.
“The framework rightly recognises improving the supply of suitable housing which is listed as one of the 42 indicators that show the change the government wants to bring about.”
In a new CIH poll out today, Northern Ireland members were asked for their views on the draft framework. 84 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that reducing homelessness should be an additional indicator, while 71 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that increasing the number of shared neighbourhoods should feature.
98 per cent of members thought that targets for new housebuilding should be introduced while almost two thirds (65 per cent) thought that the target should cover private housebuilding as well as social housing. The CIH Northern Ireland membership includes people who work in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
Nicola McCrudden said: “We surveyed our members on what they thought about the draft programme for government framework, with a good response rate of 19 per cent. A majority of members (65 per cent) think housing is not a high enough priority for the NI Executive – suggesting government is out of touch with people working in housing. A clear majority think that the Executive could improve its framework by clearly committing to reduce homelessness and religious segregation of housing in our society.”
The results of the poll were presented at a PfG consultation event today, Tuesday 5 July. The event – jointly run by CIH Northern Ireland, Council for the Homeless Northern Ireland, Housing Rights and NIFHA – brought people together to help inform and shape the housing and homelessness aspects of the PfG framework.
“Making housing matter – a PfG consultation event” (L-R) Janet Hunter, Housing Rights; Aongus O’Keefe, Inspiring Impact; John Bradley, Executive Office; Nicola McCrudden, CIH Northern Ireland; Ricky Rowledge, CHNI; Cameron Watt, NIFHA
For more information please contact Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs manager at CIH Northern Ireland on 028 9077 8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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