David Vance points to a BBC article that says “£45m – a rise of 50% – was spent buying properties from people forced out of their homes”, as a result of various activities of illegal Loyalist and Republican organisations. Given this figure relates to the relocation of home owners, it indicates only a small part of the real cost of relocating the 1,245 households made homeless in the last year.
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