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19th May 2016
By Clare McCarty, Group Chief Executive at Clanmil Housing
As we settle down after the hype around the elections we wait to hear what our politicians will commit to over the next five years.
Letís hope for a Northern Ireland for everyone, where the historical boundaries built up around education and housing can start to melt away.
For vibrant communities with people from different backgrounds and life experiences participating because they feel safe and valued.
And letís hope that all the talk around 'the most vulnerable in our society' translates into realistic financial support for the great
work that is already taking place but also to meet needs as they are identified. This includes of course the critical uplift being asked
for for supporting people, the money each year that underpins many supported and independent living schemes. Letís hope for a pragmatic
approach to welfare reform which is not going to cost more to administer than the savings it is intended to make.
Letís hope that the targets our politicians set are realistic and achievable - and in the case of providing new homes, that if these reflect some of the more ambitious manifestos, that they free up the acres of public land lying fallow for new homes to be built. And a strong message about how we can all take better care of our environment, not only so that there is something left for our grandchildren but also to give really positive spin offs in terms of reducing the costs of heating our homes, transport to work or school, reducing litter and so on.
And letís hope the programme for government reflects the great potential that working in partnership with the Housing Associations and Charities in Northern Ireland can bring. For our part let us truly value our politicians - who are mostly motivated by a desire to do good - and welcome former elected representatives back as well as people new to the Assembly. Letís make sure we take every opportunity to inform, to share and (really importantly) to listen, so that all of us together can build a great Northern Ireland.
Clanmil Housing has scooped two top prizes and a Highly Commended at the annual Housing Aw
Clanmil Housing Association held a Heat Your Home for Less information event this week as
An NI-wide community cinema initiative is stepping into Christmas with a range of movie sc