Housing challenge for Ritchie…


SIR John Semple’s Review into Affordable Housing was launched today, and Social Development Minister David Hanson used the opportunity to throw down the gauntlet to his successor: “I hope that, when a local Minister assumes responsibility for these issues, this valuable work will help inform the development of policy. The challenge for the new Northern Ireland Executive will be to bring in changes that will extend housing choice for everyone.” Coincidentally, his successor was nominated yesterday as the SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie. The report includes some radical proposals that mean Ritchie will require co-operation from other Ministers – will she get it? Along with the Housing Market: Review and Perspectives 2007-2010, published earlier this week, stressing the problems of affordability, Ritchie has her work cut out.

  • Bemused

    Utterly outrageous. Why the hell should work-shy scum be given housing in desirable areas that the rest of us have to work our arses off to afford? This is the type of marxist tripe that the Shinners peddle. Given the current bouyancy of the local economy and the consequent influx of hard-working foreign labour anyone currently claiming unemployment benefit who isn’t either seriously mentally or physically ill should be just told to fuck off and get a job. ‘Social Housing’? Fucking cunts.

  • Roisin

    The only thing that bemuses me is that there are people who actually believe it is imperative everyone work their “arses off” to live in affordable decent housing in decent areas.

    Take a deep breath, Bemused, you’ll live longer. Right wing arseholery isn’t good for your health.

  • get real

    Bemused it must be great to live in the perfect world with a perfect life. Decent housing is out of the reach of many people who work very hard and completely out of the reach of those people who are unemployed. A standard former housing executive 3 bedroom house in any part of Derry would easily fetch anyhting from £160k to £200k today. The same property would cost £600 per month rent. So bemused tell me house how an average couple or single person could afford to but or rent these types of places.

  • Elvis Parker

    Apparently Margaret Ritchie was wittering on yesterday about getting rid of PPS 14 – doesnt she realise that Planning is under Dept of Environment?

  • Bemused,

    Going by the amount of anger, vitriol and paranoia contained in those comments, you might well fit into the category of “mentally ill” that you are referring to. You need to chill out pal. Go and get laid mate cos you clearly need to…

  • austin

    Oh Dear, Bemused’s bizarre rantings over work-shy loafers appears to have greatly upset many of the regular morning contributors to Slugger-wonder why?

  • Bemused

    “Bemused it must be great to live in the perfect world with a perfect life. Decent housing is out of the reach of many people who work very hard and completely out of the reach of those people who are unemployed. A standard former housing executive 3 bedroom house in any part of Derry would easily fetch anyhting from £160k to £200k today. The same property would cost £600 per month rent. So bemused tell me house how an average couple or single person could afford to but or rent these types of places.”

    Sorry get real – anyone who is ‘unemployed’ in today’s economy and is neither physically or mentally disabled is a lazy, work-shy oxygen thief. Simple as. There is no fucking excuse. The market is the market is the market. If you can’t afford the house you want then either get a better job, work harder, spend less on luxuries or move to somewhere you can afford – it’s called reality. If you can’t afford the house you want then don’t come whining to me and other hard working tax payers looking for a handout – fuck off and work harder.

  • barnshee

    Reality is about to bite Ms Richie very hard in the arse. Don`t make promises you cannot keep.
    “Northern Ireland Executive will be to bring in changes that will extend housing choice for everyone”

    “Affordable housing” is shorthand for selling houses at less that market value. The wheels come off when the lucky recipients of “Affordable housing” smile, sell and say thanks very much.
    (Council housing sold at discount now makes big money ??? what a surprise)

    The unpalatable answer in this age is social housing -yes folks the old “council house” which stays in public ownership and is “passed on” to the needy when no longer required by the tenant.

    Lets see how the Executive proceed hahahahahahaha

  • crownesq

    Largely uninformed opinion being spouted by various authors. Wrong on two issues – affordability will affect everybody including Mr Right Wing who is under the delusion that because house prices have risen then we live in a boom economy – just wait for the crash. Secondly, house sales in the public sector has been overhauled and no longer passes to the “needy”. House sales will drop dramatically in the next few years as the majority of tenants left in the public sector are in receipt of housing benefit.

    If you want to get so indignant about the report start asking questions as to why the Housing Asociation who are responsible for new build, not the Housing Executive, has failed and why we continue to have a fat Civil Service drawing limited public funding away from the front line.

    Do not forget that many have worked hard in the last thirty years to improve housing provision in both public and private sector as part of the effort to stabilise this country. I can only assume that most of the ill informed opinion spouted above is from twentysomethings that have no knowledge of the past.

    Go back to your lattes and wine bars and leave running public services to those who know what they are talking about.

    crownesq