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Social Housing output remains 'glacial'- Eoin Ó Broin TD

14 February, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has described the Governments delivery of social housing in 2018 as "glacial".

The Dublin Mid West TD said that "meeting targets is nothing to celebrate when the targets are set so low".

His comments were made following the publication of the 2018 social housing output figures by the Department of Housing.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

"According to the Department of Housing just 6,861 real social houses owned and managed by Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies were delivered in 2018. This is 20% less than what was recommended by the 2016 Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee report.

"Given that more than 14,000 new households came onto the Council housing lists in 2018 it is clear that the Governments social housing targets will come nowhere near meeting existing or new demand.

"While the increase in new builds is welcome it is nothing to celebrate given that the targets were set so low in the first place.

"It is also disappointing to see Government continuing with the questionable practice of wrongly categorising casual vacancies as voids.

"These are not new additions to the stock, but existing stock re-let after a tenant dies or moves on. They should not be included in the output figures.

"The 2018 figures also confirms once again the Governments over reliance on private rented sector to meet social housing need. 

"75% of all social housing supports delivered last year are made up of privately owned properties subsidised via HAP, RAS and leasing. 

"For the government to make a real dent in the housing crisis it needs to double capital investment in social and affordable housing. We need to see more investment and more ambitious targets."

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