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Ellis urges swift action on homelessness

23 January, 2014 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin's Housing spokesperson has called on the Fine Gael and Labour government to take swift action on a number of small issues contributing to rising homelessness.

Deputy Ellis said;

"Every statistic released over the last 12 months has shown a dramatic rise in people experiencing homelessness. Now Threshold say their services have seen a 77% increase. Swift focused action is needed.

“The government don't want to row back on cuts but to stop this growth some compromise is needed.

“Restoration of social welfare payments to young people who are coming out of care or homelessness is essential. The cap on rent allowance must be raised and the minimum contribution reduced.

“In cases where landlords are ceasing with Rent Supplement or RAS contracts the Local Authority must step in.

“A code of conduct is needed for banks dealing with distressed buy to let mortgages.

“The government have increased homelessness through their austerity agenda and they must face up to that.

“In the long term we need a major step up of public housing provision through new builds and renovation."

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