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Report shows most vulnerable facing high levels of discrimination when accessing housing - John Brady TD

15 June, 2018 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has criticised Minister Regina Doherty for ignoring all of the evidence in relation to the difficulties faced by the most vulnerable in society.

Later today the Irish Human Rights Commission and the ESRI will launch a report showing that lone parents, young people and people with a disability are among those facing the highest levels of discrimination and inequality when it comes to accessing housing.

Teachta Brady said:

“This is yet another report and further evidence that lone parents, young people and people with a disability are experiencing barriers when it comes to accessing supports, and in this case, housing.

“In the last year we have had the Survey on Income & Living Conditions and an ESRI report into deprivation across the EU concluding that lone parents and people of working age with a disability are among the most deprived in the EU.

"These are the cohorts of people who are hugely disadvantaged and Government inaction, despite all of the evidence is failing these people.

"The report being published today shows that more than 1 in 4 homeless people have a disability and young people experience higher levels of overcrowding and are at a higher risk of becoming homeless.

“I have put it to Minister Doherty time and time again that the reduced Jobseekers payments for 18-25 year olds is having a detrimental impact on their ability to source and retain housing.

"Sinn Féin along with many organisations has called on Minister Doherty to remove the age discrimination in jobseekers payments. The findings of this report are another reason why this needs to happen.

“Minister Doherty needs to start listening to the experts and taking heed of the findings of reports such as the one being launched today.

"Budget 2019 needs to focus on lone parents, young people, and people with a disability. If it doesn’t then the Government will continue to leave more and more people behind.”

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