Friday, 17 February 2012

IRSP Protest at Housing Executive, Derry

Derry IRSP staged a protest outside the Housing Executive head office in Derry city centre to highlight the current crisis in housing throughout the country. Approximately twenty IRSP activists staged the protest while handing out literature to passers-by. There was great interest from the public on the housing issue to which they were largely unaware of.

This is the start of our campaign to educate and agitate for our housing rights while the British Stormont  regime impose their Tory masters’ wrath on the working class. Derry IRSP will highlight all empty properties in the city and bring them to the attention of the housing bodies with questions as to why they are inhabited while a homeless problem remains. We will educate people on their rights as stated in our document and what they can do to contribute to the campaign.

According to the housing executives report Derry currently has approx 3,000 on the housing waiting list, and 1,500 of those are homeless. The report also states that there are approx 1,500 vacant private dwellings throughout the city which equals the amount of homeless. So why are they homeless?

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. With the new changes made to the shared accommodation rate where the age has been raised from 25 to 35, we can expect a major surge in homeless applications so things are only going to get worse.

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