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Social Housing

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the extent to which a Catholic and a Protestant in equal need of social housing have an equal chance of getting a house; and if he will make a statement. (96077)

The assessment of need for social housing is the same regardless of the religion of an applicant. The time it takes to allocate a house is dependent on a number of factors including level of need, supply, geographic mobility and any special requirements. Clearly in areas of high demand it will take longer to allocate a house than it would in an area of low demand.

Robust methodologies are in place to determine additional social housing requirements and strenuous efforts are being made to provide applicants with accommodation either in their area of choice or nearby.