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Burton overseeing attack on already struggling rent supplement recipients – Ellis

5 December, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on housing Dessie Ellis TD has condemned budget attacks on those receiving or seeking Rent Supplement.

He was speaking in the wake of announcements that the Department of Social Protection is imposing a 25% increase on the contribution single tenants make towards their rent, rising from the existing weekly contribution of €24 to €30 per week.

Deputy Ellis said:

“People on social welfare are already struggling everyday to make ends meet and have taken hits in other parts of this budget. They cannot afford this increase which to them will be a massive burden. Essential goods and services, such as heating, clothing and food will become a luxury they will have to choose between due to these kind of policies from Labour and Fine Gael.”

Deputy Ellis also condemned Minister Burton's mention of reducing the rent limits for people in receipt of Rent Supplement.

“A reduction of rent limits as the minister outlines would be a burden on the people seeking to find suitable accommodation. The government needs to tackle rising rents by negotiating with landlords as well as decreasing rental demand by providing public social housing. This will be especially damaging for single people who would be very hard pressed to find suitable accommodation under new limits.”

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