Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has said the Housing Executive should be given borrowing powers to help address housing need in Derry and across the North.
“I welcome the call from the Housing Executive to be given borrowing powers to address the significant housing improvements currently required in Derry and across the North but the finances needed to solve the housing problem must go much further,” said Colr. Hassan.
Colr. Hassan went on to say the only way for the the issue of housing to be tackled locally was to grant the Housing Executive the power to build homes again.
“Addressing the future shape of housing provision over the coming 20 years needs political vision and a bold initiative and that has been Sinn Féin’s clear position.
“We believe the Housing Executive’s ability to build homes should be restored as a matter of urgency and a programme of new builds be rolled out to tackle the housing crisis.
“Stopping the deterioration of the current public housing stock is certainly one aspect of housing need which must be addressed but we need more homes and it should be the Housing Executive that builds them.”