Government’s social housing plan turns its back on Dáil Housing and Homelessness Committee report – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has accused Minister Murphy of “turning his back on the recommendations of an all-party Dáil housing and homeless committee report”. The report recommended increasing the stock of homes owned by Councils and Approved Housing Bodies by 10,000 units a year. Budget 2018 confirms that Fine Gael will not reach this target until 2021 at the earliest.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Last year, a special Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee met for seven weeks to examine the housing crisis. We heard from 40 individuals and organisations and received 90 written submissions. Our final cross party report made a series of recommendations to the incoming Fine Gael government.
“One of the most important recommendations was that the stock of housing owned by Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies must increase by a minimum of 10,000 a year.
“When Simon Coveney, as Minister for Housing, announced the Governments Housing Action Plan he fell far short of this. However, with a new Taoiseach and Minister for Housing, there was an expectation that this would change.
“Unfortunately, last week’s 2018 Budget announcement did little to change this. There was no increase in social housing targets for 2018 and a limited increase in the targets from 2019 to 2021 of an extra 1,000 homes per year.
“Minister Murphy has turned his back on the key recommendation of the cross party Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee report. In doing so, he is demonstrating that he neither understands the depth of the housing crisis nor does he have the political will to do what is necessary to tackle it.
“Rather, Minister Murphy will continue to overly on short and long term leases in the private sector to meet social housing demand. This approach is bad for the tenants and more expensive to the taxpayer.”
Note: Revised social housing targets post Budget 2018 below