Social housing target lowered due to Stormont impasse
More families in need of social housing will have to wait longer for a home, according to CIH Northern Ireland. Fewer units are due to be built this year following the collapse of power-sharing.
The target for the number of new social homes to be started during the 2017/18 financial year has been lowered from 2,000 to 1,750, after budgets were cut and delayed due to the Stormont crisis.
CIH Northern Ireland understands that the Department for Communities is allocating its entire capital budget to housing, after existing commitments are met. This leaves the department in the same financial starting position as last year, when the target was 1,600.
While the department believes an additional 150 units can be delivered on the previous year, it will fall short of the 2,000 units originally planned.
Nicola McCrudden, director for CIH Northern Ireland, said: "It is very disappointing that the target for the number of new social homes this year has been lowered – the reality being that 250 families will have to wait longer for rehousing. The political stalemate has impacted on budgets and plans, reducing funds available for new social housing and deferring important work that underpins housing policy.
"We welcome that the department has prioritised housing by committing most of its capital budget to housing. However we urge local parties to come together this week and restore government, to ensure we have the higher level of social housebuilding in future years that we desperately need."
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