Budget 2018 ‘big on words but empty on real solutions’ – Ellis
Sinn Féin TD and deputy spokesperson on Housing Dessie Ellis has said that the budget has failed families who have been long term on housing waiting lists and will only help perpetuate the housing and homeless crisis.
The Dublin North-West TD said:
“Minister Eoghan Murphy has to answer the question as to what this Budget does for those who are long-term on housing waiting lists.
“There are families and individuals on these waiting lists 10, 15 and even 20 years with no hope of an end in sight to their plight. Such families and many children have lived their lives and have grown up in an environment of uncertainty and instability.
“Successive Budgets and this government have failed such families and continue to fail them by not providing provision for them in this budget.
“Without a proper state supported social and affordable building housing scheme delivered by local authorities, we will be back again next year facing the same housing and homeless crisis.
“It is pathetic that Minister Murphy is putting out the same mantra as his predecessor Minister Simon Coveney on delivering 3,800 social units through local authorities and volunteer housing bodies. The deception in this Budget is that there is in real terms no additional numbers of social housing announced nor is there the funding to allow more to be done in this area.
“People don’t want words they want action on this housing crisis. This government’s Budget shows that the housing and homeless crisis is set to continue and get worse and in fact this dishonest Budget perpetuates this crisis. This Budget is big on words but empty on real solutions.”