|Question time at Stormont|
I have stated a number of times now that the need in both communities in the North Belfast Constituency is roughly the same. This is not my view or interpretation of the figures, it's the facts that speak for themselves.
The figures are the Northern Ireland Housing Executive's and are based on housing waiting list figures for the North Belfast Assembly and Parliamentary constituency. They are the Housing Executive's totals for the number of applicants for social housing and transfer applicants who self-identified as either Protestant or Roman Catholic within each Common Landlord Area in the constituency. The latest figures I have received from the Housing Executive, from 31st December 2013, again speak for themselves with 1,994 Protestants and 1,988 Roman Catholics on the waiting list in the North Belfast Constituency.
For example, in the case of Rathcoole CLA there are 432 people on the waiting list and of these 222 are in housing stress but that need was simply ignored by nationalists. Nevertheless that figure shows just how much new social housing is needed and I am glad to say that more new social housing is programmed for Rathcoole.
Clanmil Housing Association, who own the properties in question, has advised that properties continue to be allocated in accordance with the Housing Selection Scheme. They have handed over five properties in Manor Court and four in Mountview Street. These nine properties have been allocated to applicants whose area of choice was the Lower Oldpark area; this includes one transfer.
Lower Oldpark is one of the six areas selected for the new Building Successful Communities programme and in this case it is off to a good start. No longer will people be condemned to living amongst dereliction and decline. That is simply unacceptable.