Publication of CSO housing statistics an opportunity for greater transparency - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has welcomed the publication of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Report on New Dwelling Completions, stating that this is an opportunity for greater transparency on the delivery of new homes.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“We have been calling for the Department of Housing to abandon its misleading data source of ESB meter connection data to officially count new homes.
“The CSO data shows that 14,446 new dwellings were completed in 2017, this is contrary to Paschal Donohoe’s claim earlier this year that 17,000 new homes were completed.
“While we welcome the publication of the data it is clear that supply is still chronically low.
“Over 5,000 of these homes were social houses so less than 9,000 new homes came on the private market last year.
“The delivery of 3,526 new dwellings for the first quarter of 2018 looks promising, however increasing supply itself does not guarantee affordability.
“Not one of the new dwellings delivered either in 2017 or the first quarter of 2018 is an affordable home because the government has no affordable housing scheme in place.
“Having access to a more accurate data source is an important first step in tracking the true delivery of some much needed new homes.”