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Social Housing 2017 output report & 2018 targets “deeply depressing” – Eoin Ó Broin TD

19 April, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Speaking in response to the publication of the 2017 social housing output report and new targets for 2018 Sinn Féin housing spokesperson has described the figures as “deeply depressing”.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The Department of Housing has published the final social housing output figures for 2017 and new social housing targets for 2018. The figures are deeply depressing.

“They confirm the Governments continued undersupply of real social housing as well as its glacial pace of delivery.

“The Government is actually proposing to deliver less real social housing in 2018 than it did last year. In 2017, local authorities and approved housing bodies built and bought 6,297 homes according to the figures. The target for 2018 is just 5,869.

“They also highlight, once again, the chronic over reliance on subsidised private leased properties to meet social housing need. In 2017 76% of new social housing tenancies were delivered through two, four or ten-year leases through the HAP, RAS and SCHEP programmes. In 2018 the over reliance on the private rentals sector will increase to 78%.

“Minister Murphy will no doubt try to spin these figures as progress. He will claim it represents a dramatic increase in social housing output. This is simply not the case. Social housing delivery is now going in the wrong direction.

“It confirms once again that Fine Gael do not understand the causes of the housing crisis.

“They are pursuing policies that are actually contributing to that crisis. We urgently need a dramatic increase in capital investment in the delivery of real social and affordable housing.

“Without this, the housing crisis will continue to get worse.”

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