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Choice Based Lettings Scheme underlines scale of Housing Crisis - Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

4 November, 2015 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has repeated his call for significant investment in Social Housing in Cork City in the coming period. He was speaking today after the Choice Based Lettings Scheme went live for Cork City Council area.

He said;

"I have been speaking to a number of constituents today who expressed their frustration after accessing the website. One constituent informed me that she signed in to the website, and only one property was available under this scheme in the areas she has on file."

"The reality is that the Houses are not there to meet Housing need within the Councils stock. The Government needs to release serious funding, significantly above what was committed in the Budget, to deliver Social Housing in crisis areas such as greater Cork, and to stop relying on subsidising the Private Rented Sector to meet Housing need. That simply will not do."

"A major house building programme is needed in the City, properly so called, and in the Metropolitan area. There is also a need for the State to urge Nama to take a more active role in bringing idle houses into use as Social Housing. Choice based letting is useful, it has a role, and is a way to ensure Houses are offered to people interested in them, and therefore means that Houses are allocated quicker. Indeed I have been urging the County Council to bring in this system also.

"However, the disappointment and frustration of many people today, underlines the huge scale of the Housing Crisis, and the desperate legacy of years of underinvestment in Social Housing."

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