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CSO report highlights crisis caused by Governments corrupt and shambolic housing policies

22 April, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Arthur Morgan T.D. has claimed that the Report of the CSO on Housing based on the 2002 census confirms that there is a crisis in relation to the declining level of local authority housing stock in the State.

Deputy Morgan said:

"The report released by the CSO today shows that the number of Local Authority Housing rented dwellings has declined in every census since 1961 and has now hit an all time low of 88,000 or 6.9% of all housing units.

"In 1961 local authority rented dwellings represented 18.4% of all housing units. Today in the face of massive housing waiting lists ? currently standing at 48,000 families or 130,000 people ? we have an ongoing decline in the number of units of local authority rented dwellings. These statistics clearly

illustrate that there is an urgent need for the commencement of a social housing building programme to tackle the unacceptable number of people on waiting lists and this worrying decline in local authority housing stock. It also shows that the scandalous intention expressed by some local authorities to get out of housing provision altogether is being bought about by stealth.

"That this is happening at a time when both the Central Bank and the IMF are issuing dire warnings in relation to people overstretching themselves with mortgages to buy houses at prices that are out of all control is a national scandal. How long do we have to wait for this Government to realise the massive damage both financial and social they are inflicting on people by their corrupt and shambolic housing policies?" ENDS

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