- 1. Most people are familiar with the constituency and when we talk about North Belfast that is what they think of. The North Belfast NIHE office is simply an administrative unit.
- 2. By using the constituency figures we include rather than exclude. This is not about dilution but about inclusion. Why should people living in Woodvale, Mid-Shankill, Rathcoole, Rathfern, Rushpark, Queen's Park and Glenvarna be ignored when we consider the social housing need in North Belfast?
- Politicians across Northern Ireland want information on the basis of the constituencies they represent. Between April 2012 and May 2014 there were 176 questions asked in the Northern Ireland Assembly about Housing Executive figures and of these 143 related to the Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies, 19 related to council areas and only 14 related to NIHE office areas. Assembly constituencies - 81%; Council areas - 11%; NIHE offices - 8%. Those figures speak for themselves. MLAs prefer to have answers on the basis of their constituency areas and that is the case across Northern Ireland.
Oh and as regards the North Belfast constituency the waiting list on 31 December 2013 was 1994 Protestants and 1988 Roman Catholics with the remainder not designating as either.