Uncertain financial future for housing programme counterproductive and dangerous, says Armstrong

The uncertain financial future facing a programme which helps people live independently in the community is counterproductive and dangerous, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said.

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Ms Armstrong, the Vice-Chair of the Assembly’s Communities Committee in the prior mandate, said the Housing Executive’s Supporting People programme was in jeopardy due to the lack of a strategic Budget thanks to the ongoing political impasse. She was speaking during an event at Parliament Buildings to mark the 20th anniversary of the programme.

“Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Supporting People programme is difficult to do, given the uncertain financial future facing it due to the current political situation,” she said.

“Supporting People does vital work. It is not hyperbole to state it has literally saved lives and saved the public purse far more than has been invested in it over the years. The work it has done for people with disabilities, people who are homeless and people who are vulnerable has prevented so many people from entering crises.

“Yet it is now in jeopardy due to the political situation. It is once again evidence of why we need a reformed Executive restored immediately, so crucial programmes such as Supporting People are given the strategic support needed to ensure its vital work continues.”