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Ó Clochartaigh calls for return to direct provision of social housing

18 June, 2013


Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has said there is an urgent need for a return to direct provision of social housing by the state.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh was speaking in the Seanad today on the Housing Amendment Bill 2013.

He said;

“Social housing is in crisis. Central and local government funding for social housing has been slashed since 2008. Almost 100,000 households are on local authority waiting lists.

“Almost the same number of households are in receipt of rent supplement which is meant to be an emergency social welfare payment for people unable to pay their rent in the private sector.

“The Department of Environment has abandoned direct provision of social housing by the state and is instead pushing private sector solutions to the housing crisis.

“These include the Rental Accommodation Scheme, the Long Term Leasing Scheme, the Applicant Sourced Housing Scheme, the Incremental Purchase Scheme and the Choice Based Letting Scheme. These have all failed.

“There is an urgent need for a new approach to social housing. We need to get back to direct provision of social housing by the state using new funding models similar to those used elsewhere in the European Union.

“Most of all, we need to get people off lists, off the streets and into long term, suitable and sustainable accommodation.”

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