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Government Failing to Meet Social and Affordable Housing Targets

31 July, 2008

Commenting today after the release of the Quarterly Housing Statistics published by the Department of Environment Sinn Fein TD Arthur Morgan has accused the government of, 'once again failing to meet its own targets on social housing.'

Deputy Morgan said:

'The National Development Plan commits the government to provide 9000 new social housing units a year from 2007 to 2009. It also commits the government to providing 5600 affordable units a year over the same period.

'Last year government provided 9466 new social units. However when this figure is adjusted to take into account sales of local authority housing it is closer to 7500, significantly below the NDP target. In 2007 the government provided 3539 affordable homes, again well below the NDP target.

'The figures for the first quarter of 2008 provide equally depressing reading. As of March this year government has provided a paltry 1818 social units and 976 affordable units. If this rate continues government will once again fall short of their own commitments in the NDP.

'Minister for Environment John Gormley and Minister of State for Housing Michael Finneran are not only failing to meet their own targets as outlined in both the NDP and Programme for Government. They are failing to meet the needs of Irish society more generally.

'At a time when housing need across the state remains high and the construction industry is in crisis there is a responsibility on government to increase investment in housing in order to stabilise the economy and meet housing need.' ENDS

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