Government must act faster to deliver housing – Ellis
Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson, TD Dessie Ellis, has said today that he welcomes the release of details of the government spending plan for housing over the next 2 years but that it has taken too long to deliver in the context of a severe housing crisis. He was commenting on the announcement today by the Department of Environment detailing plans for the spending of the first tranche of funding for the governments housing strategy.
Deputy Ellis continued;
"This is not new money or for that matter much of an increase in spending on housing although it is welcome. We are talking about an average of about 500 million on housing each year until 2018 which will not solve the housing crisis but could ease a lot of suffering if used correctly.
“The government has dragged its heels on tackling the housing crisis, allowing it to worsen severely over its 4 years in office. It has taken a third of a year for them to give more detail on their strategy and in that time little has been delivered on the ground to tackle the lack of housing.
“We need more money for social housing and the government should be looking at using the Strategic Investment Fund for a major boost in addition to their plans. We also need to build more houses with Local Authorities and Housing Associations and move away from dependence on the private market which cannot meet demand or is unwilling to.
“The government must, from today forward, act with dedication and haste in delivering housing as they have already wasted too much time ignoring the problem and working on spinning strategies rather than delivering what is needed, and that is housing."