Renewed call for additional HE points

Councillor Tony Hassan.
Councillor Tony Hassan.

Sinn Féin councillor Tony Hassan has asked when people on Housing Executive waiting lists who are currently in temporary accommodation will be awarded additional points.

Colr. Hassan called on the social development minister, Nelson McCausland, to announce when the 20 extra points will be awarded to those living in temporary accommodation.

He said the points were supposed to be awarded 12 months ago but many people in Derry are still waiting.

Colr. Hassan said that Derry City Council have already written to the department on this issue.

“In October 2010 I put a motion to Derry City Council, which was supported and passed by all councillors, calling for a fairer system of the allocation of points for all those people who are living in private rented accommodation.

“Derry City Council also sent a letter to the then Minister for Social Development Alex Attwood.

“At the time we were told that the Housing Executive and the Minister where looking at this under the Common Selection scheme and hoped to have the problem sorted in the new year of 2011.

“It is now 2012 and the situation is still the same and I have heard nothing in regards to this problem.,” colr. Hassan said.

The housing spokesperson said many people in Derry could have been allocated a house if they had received the points.

“It has long since passed the time this issue should have been resolved and people living in private temporary accommodation granted the extra points.

“There are many people who find themselves in this situation and if they had the extra 20 points could well have been allocated a home of their own by now,” he explained.

The Shantallow colr. said that people on housing lists in Derry want to see action as soon as possible.

“I am now calling on the Minister of Social Development Nelson McCausland and the Housing Executive to move on this issue,” he said.