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Thousands face removal from housing waiting lists as a result of new income thresholds

22 March, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD


Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Dessie Ellis has today called on Minister Willie Penrose to reverse the new income thresholds for social housing brought in by former Minister Michael Finneran in one of his last acts as Minister.

Deputy Ellis said the new thresholds, if implemented, could result in thousands of families being removed from housing waiting lists and left in unsuitable accommodation.

Speaking today Deputy Ellis said:

“In one of his final acts as Minister Fianna Fáil’s Michael Finneran signed into law the Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011 which included new income thresholds for social housing in some cases as low as €20,000 for a single person.

“These measures, if implemented, will have a devastating impact on thousands of low income families throughout the state who could be taken off housing waiting lists and left in unsuitable and inappropriate accommodation.

“I have brought this issue to the attention of the new Minister, Deputy Willie Penrose, and I am calling on him to reverse these thresholds.” ENDS

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