State led social housing is best value compared to failed PPP model – Ellis
Sinn Fein Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has rejected claims by Housing Minister Jan O’ Sullivan that voluntary bodies through private finance must take a bigger role in providing housing. He made his comments following announcements on housing spending in the wake of an almost 25% cut in funding.
Deputy Ellis said;
“No one has more responsibility to provide housing than the state. We must of course seek to provide more housing and at better value but the claim that putting voluntary bodies in hock to private lenders to buy off well fed NAMA developers is not good value or practice by comparison with real significant public housing construction or true social dividend from NAMA.
“The Minister confidently celebrates the idea of 3,500 to 4000 new units but does that include the 2000 NAMA units which we will be paying for twice and yet have not even begun to make available to anyone for housing? We don’t even know if the current 2000 units selected are suitable.
“This government has shown it has little or no desire to house people if it cannot be done by passing the buck to voluntary housing bodies or putting more money into NAMA properties.
“We also need clarity on support for regeneration projects. It is expected Ballymun will receive nearly a 50% cut and other projects like Limerick, which has not seen the construction of one single unit, will be getting only a portion of the expected €65 million left over.”