Fianna Fáil need to outline their housing priorities for budget 2019 - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on Fianna Fáil to outline what they mean when they say Budget 2019 must be a housing budget.
The Dublin Mid West TD called on Fianna Fáil to outline “what they believe would be an adequate spend on social and affordable housing in Budget 2019”. He said Fianna Fáil has accused the government of lacking ambition and vision in terms of housing but has also failed miserably to offer up any alternative.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Fianna Fáil have said Budget 2019 must be a housing budget. Yet they have also said that they broadly agree with the government’s spending outlined in the summer economic statement. These two statements are not compatible.
“Fine Gael’s Summer Economic Statement commits an additional €800m on public spending or 2019 above existing commitments and demographics. This spend will be divvied up between €300m in tax cuts with the remaining €500m to be divided up across all other government spending commitments.
“Despite knowing that the government is only committing to spending an additional €500m on public services Fianna Fáil still think that this is enough to pay for substantially more social and affordable houses and tackle the crisis in healthcare and education.
“Would Fianna Fáil be happy to stand over an additional spend of €100m on housing for 2019? This would only deliver 500 additional homes. An additional €200m would only deliver 1,000 extra homes. Is this what really constitutes a so called housing budget for Fianna Fáil?
“Delivering a sufficient supply of social and affordable housing would require government to at least double their capital spend on housing in 2019 from the €1.3bn already committed to at least €2.6bn.
“The Fianna Fáil Housing spokesperson has stated that the party will put forward an alternative to the current government policy. I look forward to seeing how Fianna Fáil will do the sums on this and stand over the delivery of a truly housing focused budget.”