‘There should be no undue delay in double glazing work’ – Hazzard

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard said that while Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland needs to ensure that public contracts are value for money, there also needs to be no undue delay in completing double glazing for Housing Executive homes. The South Down MLA was speaking after the Minister put on hold most new schemes to double glaze Housing Executive properties because he said they are too expensive. Hazzard said: “The Minister must make sure all public contracts are value for money but it is also crucial that there is no delay in these schemes. The double-glazing of these homes is not only about ensuring people have good standards of housing and reducing the effect of fuel poverty but also about creating employment in the building trade.” He added, “There should be no cutting of corners when it comes to this work as people are entitled to the highest standards of housing. This is an important part of the Programme for Government and there must be no undue delay in its implementation. The Minister needs to explain on what basis he is making the intervention and how soon the work will be recommenced.”
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