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Peacock urges Housing Executive to address rural housing inequalities

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Local Sinn Féin Councillor Leanne Peacock has urged Housing Executive Officials to take action on Rural Housing issues. Speaking after last Tuesday’s Full Council Meeting where she questioned officials Cllr Peacock said,

“As someone who is from a rural area and who represents an area which is largely rural, rural housing is an issue that is often raised with me by constituents. There a lack of social housing in rural areas and the Housing Executive have few plans to change this, some rural communities in this area have not seen social housing built in decades and this is simply not acceptable.”

“Most rural families rely on private homeownership, not because they can afford it more than their urban counterparts, average incomes in rural areas are lower, but because there is very little choice. High house prices mean that homeownership is not an option for many people and they are left with little option but to seeks social housing wherever they can find it, most often outside their local community.”

“Those who have grown up in rural areas including rural villages and hamlets, are often pushed into larger urban areas to avail of social housing as there is simply not the availability to accommodate them within the communities they grew up in.”

“The Housing Executive needs to do more to enable those who grow up in rural communities to continue to live rurally within their communities and must step up and address the growing inequalities that exist in rural housing provision by focusing on prioritising the supply of social and affordable housing to meet growing demand.”

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