Housing spend per Citizen in Dublin City double National Average – Councillor Denise Mitchell
Dublin City Councillor Denise Mitchell and General election candidate for Dublin Bay North has said that the spend per citizen in Dublin City Council on housing is a clear indication of the struggles facing the council in terms of funding but also in providing people with a home.
Following research released today by Public Policy.ie she said,
“Dublin City Council in 2016 has a budget of €803m. We will spend 34.4% of that on housing which is by far our great expenditure.
The amount has been dramatically rising over the last number of years yet in 2015 only 100 family homes were built.
Dublin City Council will spend €523.74 per person in 2016 on housing compared to the national average of €217.53. The spend in our nearest neighbour in South County Dublin is €249.79 so we are way above the norm and you can see it is having a knock on effect on other services for example roads where we spend below the national average. “
She further added,
“Minister for Environment Alan Kelly may feel it is not important enough to be present in the Dáil when an important debate on this topic is taking place but today there are over 1,500 children in emergency accommodation in Dublin City and that is not acceptable.
Sinn Féin on Dublin City Council secured €90million for homeless services this year and we recently ensured a building programme will commence in the near future delivering 1,343 homes including 448 social as well as private, cost rental.
The Department of Environment need to match the commitment of Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillors and get families into homes. We are in the midst of an unprecedented homeless crisis not experienced by other local authorities to the same level and that has been ignored by Minister Alan Kelly.”