Rising rents compound suffering of housing crisis - Ellis
Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on
the Minister for Housing to make a real investment in social housing in order
to curb the rising rents causing many families to struggle to survive. He made
his comments following the publication of the latest Daft.ie report which found
that rents across the state had once again gone up in the last quarter of 2013
by 4.8% and 7.6% in Dublin.
Deputy Ellis said;
"These figures are just the latest in upward trend in the rents across the state which has been continuing unabated for the last number of years. It is caused by an acute lack of suitable rental accommodation particularly in Dublin and compounded by the highest level of housing need the state has ever seen with a record 112,000 on the housing waiting list.
“Low paid workers and unemployed people are struggling every day to keep their head above water and rents are increasingly a large chunk of their budget. The government has a responsibility to address this problem by providing more affordable public housing which will stabilise rent prices.
“Instead they are cutting rent supplement, cutting housing funding for local authorities and voluntary and cooperative bodies, as well as trying to force rent supplement recipients to renegotiate rent rates. These policies are causing people to lose their homes and forcing others to go without essentials in order to afford the rent.
“Sinn Féin have shown the government in our Job Stimulus document that they could start a significant increase in public housing stock today creating work and addressing the crisis. They must review their policy of cutting housing and start to work to house the many thousands of families in substandard, over-priced and overcrowded accommodation."