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More must be done to help 639 people with status trapped in Direct Provision – Eoin Ó Broin TD

4 December, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on government Ministers Eoghan Murphy and Regina Doherty to put in place additional support services to assist the 639 former asylum seekers who have been granted residency status still trapped in Direct Provision services. 

Deputy Ó Broin made the comments after receiving updated figures from the Department of Justice on the matter.

The Dublin Mid-West TD said:

“Last year there were 500 people with status trapped in direct provision services despite having leave to remain.

“The fact that there are now an additional 139 people included in the Department of Justice figures show that nothing is being done to help these people move on and into the private rented sector or social housing. They are more victims of the ongoing housing crisis.

“They are experiencing real difficulties in trying to access private rented accommodation. The Minister for Housing must step up and provide additional support services to help them access accommodation services and sort out Housing Assistance Payment.

“People who spend time direct provision face additional barriers to accessing rented accommodation and Minister Murphy must ensure that those who have successfully gotten their status aren’t placed at greater risk of homelessness due to a lack of adequate cultural support and interpretation services.

“The Minister for Social Protection must also ensure that people who have obtained their status receive their full job seekers allowance payment, rather than the €19.50 paid to them in direct provision, so that they can save for a deposit. 

"The current recommended amount under the Exceptional Needs Payments that the Minister has stated could support people move from s from direct provision accommodation into the community is too low and wouldn’t come close to covering the cost of a deposit and first month’s rent. For example for a couple with two children it is €292.30.

“I have sought a meeting with Minister Doherty on this matter on numerous occasions which she has failed to agree to.

“All The relevant government departments must work together to ensure that no one in the State is made homeless because of an inability to access permanent accommodation.”

ENDS//

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