Rebuilding Ireland not working - It will only meet 30% of real social housing need -Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that “Rebuilding Ireland is failing and will only meet 30% of real social housing need”.
Ó Broin called on the government to double capital investment in social housing. Two years on from the publication of Rebuilding Ireland social housing delivery remains glacial with less real social homes to be delivered in 2018 than in 2017.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Real social housing need currently stands at over 140,000 households when those in short term RAS and HAP tenancies are added to the those on council lists.
“Rebuilding Ireland plans to deliver just 40,000 real social homes over six years. This will meet just 30% of the current real need. Given that need is likely to increase in the years ahead this target is simply not enough.
“To date the pace of social housing delivery has been glacial. In 2016 just 4,922 real social homes were delivered. Last year the figure rose to 6297. However this year Government plans to fund just 5,869 real social houses, less than last years output.
“This is despite the cross party special Dáil Committee on Housing and Homelessness recommending that at least 10,000 units owned by local authorities and approved housing bodies. were required annually.
“What is even more concerning is that out of the nearly 6,000 real social homes delivered last year only 780 of these were built by local authorities.
“The Government targets are too low, capital investment is simply not enough and the pace of delivery is too slow.
“If Budget 2019 is to be a housing budget then capital investment in social and affordable housing must double to ensure an adequate supply of public homes.”