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Budget represents a slap in the face for families waiting for social housing - Morgan

7 December, 2005

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Arthur Morgan T.D this evening slated the Government for failing to deliver on social housing in today’s budget.

Deputy Morgan said, “The 48,000 families currently on social housing waiting lists will be dumbfounded by the fact that the Government has failed to make provision for their urgent needs in the budget.  This budget amounts to a slap in the face for families waiting for social housing.  Expenditure on local authority and social housing programmes will increase by a mere 5%. This figure does not even keep pace with the annual increase in the costs of building houses or purchasing land. 

“What hope can people waiting on social housing have for the future?  For 12 months Sinn Féin has been asking the Minister for Environment and Local Government if the Government will accept the NESC recommendation for an increase of 73,000 permanent social housing units between 2005 and 2012.  Yet there is no target for the elimination of housing waiting lists nor is there any commitment to deliver the number of social housing units which are needed.  Housing is a basic human requirement and it is hard to comprehend how this Government can so blatantly ignore the plight of so many people who are in desperate need of housing.” ENDS

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