Increasing capital investment must be the key plank of new government housing plan - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has made a detailed submission to the Minister for Housing’s new Housing for All plan.
The Sinn Féin submission prioritises a doubling of capital investment in public housing from €1.4bn to at least €2.8bn.
Teachta Ó Broin said:
“Sinn Féin welcomed the opportunity to a make a submission to the government’s new Housing for All policy.
“This new plan should be radical, ambitious and prioritise the delivery of genuinely affordable cost rental and purchase homes, as well as ramp up the real social housing delivery targets to 20,000 per year.
“This can only be done by doubling capital investment in public housing to at least €2.8bn per year.
“The delivery of affordable purchase homes and cost rental homes at scale will help alleviate some of the pressure on the private rental market. This approach should be accompanied by a three-year ban on rent increases and a refundable tax credit.
“The government must also do more to return vacant homes to use. Refurbishing and retrofitting vacant properties is both better for the environment and cheaper than constructing new builds.
“We also need to see a firm commitment within the new plan to implement the Traveller accommodation report and a deadline set to end the need to sleep rough.
“This government has a chance to implement real change in housing policy and I hope that Minister O Brien will grasp it.”