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Sinn Féin submission to Housing Committee outlines key priorities for tackling crisis – Ó Broin

12 May, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin has made a submission to the Dáil committee on Housing and Homelessness that outline key priorities Sinn Féin believe would be useful in tackling the housing crisis.

Deputy Eoin Ó Broin, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government said:

“While this submission does not represent the full breath of our housing policy, it does outline the key priorities which we believe should be included in the report of the Committee on Housing and Homelessness that will be presented to the Dáil next month.

“The submission contains twelve key recommendations including; a referendum to enshrine the right to a home in the Constitution, a significant increase in capital for Local Authorities for the building and acquisition of social housing stock, the committee should propose an urgent review of procurement and tendering rules with a view to shortening them to allow for faster delivery of new social housing and propose it should legislation on rent certainty.

“The submission also includes measures to tackle the mortgage arrears crisis, including a proposal to cap mortgage interest rates.

“The new Minister has already made it clear that he is willing to be innovative in his approach to tackling this crisis.

“Likewise the committee is keeping an open mind on all proposals submitted and believe that new ideas and real policy changes are required if we are to reverse the flow of people into homelessness and increase the supply of much needed social housing.” 

Please see below 12 recommendations made by Sinn Féin to the Housing and Homeless Committee.

Recommendation 1: The Committee on Housing and Homelessness should recommend that the Government set a date within the next twelve months for a referendum to enshrine the right to a home in the Constitution

Recommendation 2: The Committee on Housing and Homelessness must propose a significant increase in capital funding for Local Authorities to deliver a more ambitious acquisition and new build programme with a time frame to bring the social housing stock up to a minimum of 200,000 units.

Recommendation 3: The Committee on Housing and Homelessness should support they proposal by the Irish League of Credit Unions to work with the Voluntary Housing sector to provide additional social housing units.

Recommendation 4: The Committee on Housing and Homeless should propose an urgent review of procurement and tendering rules with a view to shortening them to allow for faster delivery of new social housing.

Recommendation 5: The Committee on Housing and Homelessness should recommend a radical overhaul of the mortgage to rent scheme.

Recommendation 6: The Committee on Housing and Homelessness should recommend legislation to end the banks veto on insolvency agreements.

Recommendation 7: The Committee on Housing and Homelessness should recommend legislation to cap mortgage interest rates

Recommendation 8: The Committee on Housing and Homelessness should recommend legislation to regulate vulture funds.

Recommendation 9: The committee should recommend that the proposals in the Draft Programme for Government for a new mortgage resolution process be implemented quickly and prioritise maintaining the family home and providing greater security for private rental tenants living in repossessed properties.

Recommendation 10: The Committee on Housing and Homelessness should propose legislation on rent certainty – linking rent reviews to the Consumer Price Index. This legislation must be introduced before any across the board review of rent supplement or HAP payments.

Recommendation 11: The Committee on Housing and Homelessness should call for an increase in funding for emergency accommodation.

Recommendation 12: The Committee on Housing and Homelessness should call for greater provision of appropriate and accessible emergency accommodation.

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