Thursday, 26 June 2014
I agree with much of what the Deputy says, particularly in the context of the need to develop a long-term strategy for housing. It is clear that Part V - as an option to replace traditional local authority housing provision with social housing - has not worked for a host of reasons. Local authorities no longer possess the expertise required to allow them to provide housing and the budget in this regard is far less than what is required. There is no doubt that a new and integrated approach is required. The Bill the House has just passed is a partial response to the problem. It is not intended to be a comprehensive response. I will bring the Deputy's remarks to the attention of the relevant Minister and the Cabinet.