CIH Northern Ireland responds to consultation on House Sales Scheme
Responding to the news that the Department for Communities is consulting on the future of the House Sales Scheme, Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for NI, said:
“We welcome this development which is timely given the work that CIH is doing around rethinking social housing policy locally.
“It is true that the desire for people to own their own homes continues to be strong. At CIH we support shared ownership and other means of helping people to achieve the aspiration of owning a home. But if we are supporting people to own their own home, it cannot be at the expense of everyone else.
“We simply can’t continue to sell off social housing at a time when we can’t meet demand for rented housing from people on low incomes.
“Northern Ireland is unique as both Housing Executive and housing association tenants are entitled to buy their homes – this is different to the situation in Britain.
“It would appear that the house sales scheme must end if we are to continue to enable our housing associations to access private finance to continue to build much needed homes. If this is the case, we are likely to see it ending for Housing Executive tenants also.”
Notes to editors:
Details of the consultation are available here: https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/news/consultation-launched-future-house-sales-schemes
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