MPs slam care in Northern Ireland

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive failed homeless people
    because it was too complacent, MPs have concluded.

    Homelessness in Northern Ireland has risen 50 per cent since 1999,
    making it the highest in the UK. There were “some extraordinarily
    insensitive mismatches between homeless persons’ special needs and
    the accommodation provided”, the report from the public accounts
    committee reveals.

    Average stay in B&Bs was 97 days – three times the government’s
    target – which showed a disturbing degree of complacency about
    meeting the statutory duty towards society’s most vulnerable
    people, the report says.

    The housing executive has vowed to make homelessness a priority
    with the help of a new homelessness management information
    system.

    – Housing the Homeless from www.publications.parliament.uk/

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