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Government unlikely to meet real social housing targets according to latest figures – Ó Broin

27 September, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that “the Government are struggling to meet their real social housing targets”. 

The Dublin Mid-West TD has called on the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to “cut the unnecessary red tape in social housing delivery that is slowing down new supply”.

The comments come as the Department of Housing released its social housing delivery report for Q2 2018.

Teachta Ó Broin said:

“The Q2 social housing delivery report published today is very concerning. It shows that, of the 4,969 homes to be built by Councils and Approved Housing Bodies, just 1,052 have been completed in the first half of the year. There is now a real doubt that this target will be met.

“It is also worrying that a number of Councils have delivered zero or single digit units so far this year.

“While the number of Council and Approved Housing Body acquisitions are ahead of target, this is because the target itself was so low.

“There Government are also significantly behind its long term leasing target with just 295 of the 2,000 long term leased units delivered.

“While half of the 18,000 HAP and RAS tenancies have been created, this is not in itself good news as it reduces supply in the private rented sector and pushes up the cost of renting for non-social renters.

“It is also disappointing that the Department are including 387 expensive, casual re-lets as additions to the stock. These properties are not additions to the stock and should not be counted as such.” 

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