Dublin City Council budget 2016 takes account of government inaction on housing –Councillor Denise Mitchell
Speaking after the Dublin City Council budget was passed last night Beaumont-Donaghmede Councillor Denise Mitchell said,
“2015 was a difficult year for many families as there is currently over 600 staying in emergency homeless accommodation.
I supported the Dublin City Council budget last night as it recognised the fact the homelessness is getting worse not better and we need to allocate additional funds for families.
This year we budgeted €91m which is a staggering amount of money when you think we were spending €44 back in 2010.
We are spending vast amounts of money and the most that can be offered is a B&B or a Hotel room.”
She further added,
“We will continue to spend a larger proportion of Dublin City Council income unless there is a serious house building programme and rent certainty
The Government’s Housing Strategy 2015 – 2020 looks for 3,347 additional housing units between this year and 2017 in Dublin City. Unfortunately the vast majority of this is through Housing Assistance programme and Rental accommodation scheme.
These measures are currently failing and they will continue to fail unless there is rent certainty and not some half-baked attempt at it which is currently being proposed by Minister Kelly.”