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Housing wait for Catholics shows need for equality policy: SF

By Victoria Leonard

Sinn Fein says a study showing that Catholics are continuing to experience the longest waiting times for social housing in Northern Ireland is "further proof of the need to enshrine equality" in public policy. Yesterday, an Equality Commission report revealed that Catholics were waiting six months longer than Protestants for the allocation of social housing.

Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ni Chuilin said: "The report again demonstrates the persistent inequalities that exist in relation to housing and I very much welcome the work the Equality Commission has done on this important issue.

"The report details the longer waiting lists faced by Catholic applicants, attacks and the threat of attacks on newcomer and LGBT communities, lack of accommodation for Travellers and substandard accommodation for migrant workers and those living with disabilities.

"All of that underscores the need for equality to be enshrined at every level of government and public policy."

The North Belfast Assembly Member added: "Housing accommodation - like all public spending - should be allocated on the basis of objective need.

"More should also be done to ring-fence protection for the vulnerable groups identified in this report."

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