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The NI Assembly All Party Group on Housing met today for the first time since the election in March to elect officers for the new term. Outgoing chair, Nichola Mallon MLA, was re-elected and emphasised her commitment to keeping housing high on the agenda in Stormont.
The All Party Group, which is made up of MLAs from all parties and is supported by Radius Housing, brings together politicians and representatives from the private housing sector, housing associations and advice sector to look at the main policy issues and best practices in housing. To date the groups has held in-depth meetings on issues such as affordable housing, reclassification of Housing Associations, and retrofitting and energy efficiency.
Speaking at the meeting, Nichola Mallon MLA, Chair, said: “Housing is one of the most important issues we face, and this All Party Group is an essential forum for MLAs to engage with key figures in the housing sectors. In the last mandate we already saw a huge appetite to deal with some of the key issues in both private and social housing, and I know that members are keen to keep up this programme of work over the coming months and build on the work already completed in the last year.”
Denise Burns, Radius Housing, added: “We are delighted to take on the role of Secretariat of the NI Assembly All Party Group on Housing for the new mandate, and look forward to supporting Members as they begin their work to understand and improve housing policy. As a leading social housing provider, Radius knows how important housing is and the All Party Group is an invaluable resource for the whole sector to engage with MLAs.”
Pictured above: Nichola Mallon (second left) with Members of the NI Assembly All Party Group on Housing include Fra McCann, Andy Allen, Patsy McGlone, Steven Agnew, Robbie Butler and Denise Burns, Corporate Assurance Manager, Radius Housing.'