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"Fianna Faíl have no real policies to deal with housing crisis" Ellis

27 January, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has said that Fianna Fáil have no policies which will tackle the housing crisis they have created. He made this claim during a debate on housing policy in the Dáil this evening.

Deputy Ellis said;

"Fianna Fáil, like the Government, are incapable of grasping the reality of the crisis we are face in housing and particularly social housing.

“They are incapable of talking about real solutions because like the Government, they are utterly opposed to them. Like the Government they are want to decrease further state provision of housing and move responsibility onto the private sector and voluntary bodies. There is very little difference between what Fianna Fáil says now on housing and what they said while they were dismantling the social housing system during their 14 years in Government.

“We need major investment in social housing construction by Local Authorities and we need rent controls immediately to stop the flow of people into homelessness due to unaffordable rents caused by the shortage of social housing, oversaw by Fianna Fáil and the current Government.

“The only policy difference Fianna Fáil articulates is one which simply does not stack up. Increasing Rent Supplement levels or removing the cap would simply drive up rents further while providing no security for the vast majority of people at threat due to high rents or unable to find housing within the range of the cap. Rent Supplement is an expensive scheme and even a small increase would be insignificant to individual recipients and would cost a lot of money. A ten percent increase in rates across the board would cost approximately 32 million euro before you consider the likely rent hikes.

“Why should we throw more money at landlords? Rents are too high and need to be controlled. Where the private market has failed to provide for people the state must intervene. Only through building more social housing and regulating rent rates can we tackle this crisis.

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