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Government social housing pipeline significantly behind schedule with only 11.9% of units completed - Eoin Ó Broin TD

11 December, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised the government for being significantly behind schedule in the delivery of social housing construction projects across the State. Out of a total of 12,293 planned housing units only 11.9% have been completed.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“According to Department of Housing figures contained in the Q3 status report for 2017 the social housing construction projects currently in the pipeline will only meet the housing need of 12% of the 99,555 households on the waiting list.

“Not only are the targets too low, the pace of delivery is glacial. Of the 12,293 housing units planned, 9,338 have planning permission of which 5,120 are on site. This means that just 41% are actually being constructed. Of these only 1,460 have been completed.

“That is a completion rate of 12% are complete. Given that many of these projects secured planning permission back in 2014 and 2015 it is hard to understand why it is taking so long to get them built.

“While some Local Authorities are preforming better than others, some are not performing at all. In Wicklow, Offaly, Laois and Leitrim not a single social house has been built.

“The figures clearly demonstrate why the housing crisis is getting worse. Social housing constriction targets are far too low and construction is happening at snails pace. It is hard to see how the Government will meet even these modest targets.

“We need a greater sense of urgency from both central and local government. We need more ambitious targets backed up with adequate capital funding and staffing for local authorities. And crucially we need to see a much faster delivery timeline from planning to procurement to building so that families in real housing need get the homes these deserve."

ENDS

Note: Full details of social housing construction projects can be found here - http://rebuildingireland.ie/install/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Q3-2017-Construction-Status-Report.pdf

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