Social housing new builds way behind target at end of Q3 - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has expressed his serious concern that social housing construction is so far behind schedule for 2018.
Figures show that only 35% of the Department of Housing’s new build targets for 2018 were reached at the end of Q3 of 2018.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“At the Oireachtas Housing Committee this morning I questioned the Minister on the Rebuilding Ireland social housing output report for Q3 of 2018.
“It is extremely worrying that the new build delivery of social homes is so far behind schedule for 2018.
"As the table below indicates (editors notes) the government target for new builds for 2018 is 4,969, with only 1,764 of these homes delivered by the end of Q3 in 2018, just 35%.
“The other streams of delivery are a mixed bag. I welcome the number of increased acquisitions.
"However the Department of Housing must stop including voids in the quarterly output report as they are not new additions to the social housing stock. The Department included 605 voids in its output figures today.
“Out of the target of 2,000 leased properties only 476 were delivered by Q3 of 2018. The Minister said today he wants to 'tweak' the leasing scheme.
"I would caution against offering any increased incentives to developers to participate in what is the privatisation of the delivery of social homes.
“The Minister should readjust these targets towards the build and acquisition of new homes.
“The truly concerning take away from the meeting this morning is that the ratio of real social houses vs subsidised private rental/leased properties delivered as of Q3 2018 is pretty depressing.
“24% of the new homes delivered are real social houses, owned by councils or approved housing bodies, while 76% of the housing solutions delivered are subsidised private rental sector 'social' homes.
“The Rebuilding Ireland targets remain too unambitious and the plan is clearly not delivering.
"The Minister must go back to drawing board and adjust the plan so it will at least aim to meet the true level of housing need out there.”