More resources needed to reduce social housing maintenance backlog – Ellis
Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis said this morning that the maintenance of social housing in Dublin has become a major problem. Deputy Ellis has called for more resources, extra council staff as well as an increase in the panel of contractors to clear the backlog of housing maintenance issues.
The Dublin North-West TD said:
“Dublin City Council is under severe pressure as a result of the severe cutbacks in maintenance staff employed by the council and this is affecting the maintenance of housing across the city.
“There is now an unacceptable backlog of housing maintenance issues as Dublin City Council are struggling to deal with the number of voids that are coming on stream as well as the number of houses coming back to the council that they procured or purchased through Compulsory Purchase Orders .
“The cutbacks of staff in DCC maintenance sections are beginning to take a toll in terms of the delivery of an effective, efficient, and fit for purpose maintenance department.
“DCC’s panel of contractors as it exists appears to be unable to handle the increasing demand for its services. Times for the delivery of maintenance are getting longer and longer and the back log of housing maintenance issues is increasing on a daily basis.
“I am calling for more resources to be invested and more council staff, such carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other trades to be employed and the panel of contractors to be increased so that contractors can be employed to help clear this backlog.”