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Low Council social housing output 'deeply concerning' - Eoin Ó Broin TD

30 May, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said the "low level of Council output of social housing is deeply concerning”.

His comments were made following the revelations that the number of Part 8 Local Authority social housing units were just 386 in 2017, half of what was previously stated by the Department of Housing.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“In 2017 the Department of Housing, Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies delivered just over 6000 real social houses.

"These units, owned by Councils and Housing Bodies, were delivered through a wide variety of schemes including construction, regeneration, turn key acquisition, standard acquisition and Part V.

“According to inured released by the Department of Housing earlier this year, the number of these units delivered directly by Local Authorities via Part 8 planning permission on Council land was just 780. 

“However housing policy analysts Mel Reynolds and Lorcan Sirr have today revealed that the actual number of directly delivered Local Authority new build units was just 386.

"That is just 6% of the total real social housing output last year.

“This is a significant revelation as it highlights the anaemic level of local authority output. While all real social housing units are to be welcomed and all delivery mechanisms are important direct Local Authority Part 8 developments should be the primary mechanism for increasing the social housing stock.

“The local level of direct Local Authority social housing output is deeply worrying and puts a question mark over the ability of government to meet its medium to long term social housing targets.

"Minister Murphy must urgently review the funding, capacity and targets for Local Authorities to ensure that Part 8 new builds are the main mechanism for social housing delivery.”

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