Minister persists with over-reliance on the private sector in social housing – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has said that Minister Eoghan Murphy has continued with the failed policy of his predecessor by continuing to rely on the private sector to meet social housing need. According to the figures announced by the Minister yesterday, 77% of next year’s social housing tenancies will be delivered by subsidising families to live in private rented accommodation.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Minister Murphy indicated when he was appointed that the government would be changing its policy to support the state provision of social housing; the figures in the Budget yesterday indicate that the reality is quite different.
“Of the 25,500 new social housing supports for 2018, only 5,900 of these will be real social housing units. This is just an increase of 31 units above the targets originally set by Minister Simon Coveney in Rebuilding Ireland. 77% of the government’s social housing targets for 2018 will be met subsidising families to live in the private rented sector.
“This means that 19,600 social housing solutions will be met by the private rented sector, either via short term Housing Assistance Payment leases or longer term Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme leases.
“Subsidising social housing tenants to live in the private rented sector is not the same as real social housing. Families cannot put down real roots in their communities. It is also much more expensive to the state in the long run.
“This trend is replicated across the Rebuilding Ireland programme. The Governments targets from 2018 to 2021 show that only 32% of the so called social housing ‘solutions’ will be real social housing units owned by Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies.
“Over reliance on the private sector to meet social housing need is part of the reason why we have a housing crisis. This policy, first introduced by Fianna Fail, has meant that the state continued to have an inadequate supply of real social housing. Until this policy is changed our social housing need will continue to rise.”
Note: Please see below a table with figures on real social housing units and leased units in the private rented sector.