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Government gets F-grade on dealing with housing crisis – Ellis

7 March, 2012 - by Dessie Ellis TD

The Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has rejected claims by the government that progress has been made on providing housing for people in need.

Speaking following the release of the government’s annual report Deputy Ellis said that Fine Gael and Labour had not only failed to help people in need of housing but had made it harder for people and put serious pressure on those receiving rent supplement.

Deputy Ellis said:

“This government has done very little to help the nearly 100,000 people who are in need of housing in this state.

“They have cut rent supplement, raised means thresholds and made it harder for people to be identified as having a housing need. This doesn’t make the problem go away, it simply attempts to cover it up.

“The report speaks highly of the 2,000 NAMA properties being released for use as housing but we still have not seen progress on these houses and no one has been housed yet. It also seems the government is intent on making people pay for these units twice, first through NAMA and now through leases. This is not the meaning of a social dividend.

“The government has also completely failed to make progress on homelessness. They have not started to formulate a youth homelessness strategy, they have not built follow-on housing for those coming out of homelessness and they have cut funding to homelessness services.

“The government is failing those in housing need and this report shows they cannot even admit it.”

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