514 over 30s living at home

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Five hundred and fourteen Housing Executive tenants living in two and three bedroom homes in Londonderry have one or more people over 30 years of age living as ‘non-dependent’ residents, according to the Housing Minister Mervyn Storey.

Mr Storey advised the figures did not necessarily refer to children. He released the detail in response to an Assembly Question from United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) MLA David McNarry.

“The information relates solely to the Social Sector in receipt of housing benefit and has been compiled from housing benefit records for both Housing Executive and Housing Association tenants,” he stated.

“It should be noted that family relationships are not captured (or required under Housing Benefit rules) on the NIHE’s housing benefit system, therefore the figures provided do not relate solely to ‘children’ over 30 but include any non-dependent person over 30 residing in the household,” he added.

Mr Storey also revealed that the number of NIHE two and three bedroom homes in Londonderry occupied by no more than one person stands at 2,305.

The number of NIHE two and three bedroom homes here occupied by no more than two people stands at 2,016.