DUP urged to use it’s newly found influence to unsure UK-wide social security cuts don’t affect social housing provision.
Theresa May’s new allies in Government, The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), have been urged to ensure that further cuts to benefits don’t result in increased rent arrears and a rise in homelessness.
The Chartered Institute for Housing (CIH) Northern Ireland says the DUP should use it’s newly found influence to unsure that UK-wide social security cuts don’t affect social housing provision.
CIH director for Northern Ireland, Nicola McCrudden, said: “The DUP has held the Department for Communities ministry for the past five years. During this time a number of positive housing and social security outcomes have been achieved.”
She added: “Much of the conversation today around the DUP has focused on the big questions like Brexit, their unionist agenda as well as their stance on equality issues such as same sex marriage.
“It is also important to consider their position on other social issues including housing and social security which are relevant across the UK.
“Firstly, the party has maintained a strong commitment to building new social housing. Over the last five years the amount of public funds offered to support new developments was actually increased, to over 50 per cent on average.