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27/09/2021

Waterside Councillor calls on Housing Executive to address lack of rural housing

Collon Terrace Office, Derry. June 2005
A Derry Councillor has said the Housing Executive and Department for Communities need to step up and address the growing inequalities that exist in rural housing provision.  Sinn Fein Waterside Councillor, Christopher Jackson, who is also t he party’s housing spokesperson in Derry said: “Rural communities have experienced increased and systemic levels of housing inequality.  “In 1998 the Commission of European Communities in its study 'the future of rural society’ identified the main problem facing rural people as the provision of affordable housing in local communities. “Most rural families rely on private home ownership, not because they can afford it more than their urban counterparts, average incomes in rural areas are lower, but because there is very little choice. “The Housing Executive and Department for Communities need to step up and address the growing inequalities that exist in rural housing provision.  “The private rented sector are being used by the Housing Executive to deliver a public response to the growing housing crisis. This is unsustainable.  “The focus should be placed on prioritising the supply of social and affordable housing to reduce the growing demand.  “We need to begin discussions now in every forum possible on how we address these issues and provide support to the many families and individuals from rural communities who are waiting for a home. 

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