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Dáil Housing Committee report implementation would mean 5,000 social houses for SDCC - Ó Broin

27 June, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has highlighted a number of recommendations made within the Dáil Housing and Homeless Committee report that will help alleviate the housing crisis in South County Dublin. 

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The Dáil Housing and Homelessness Committee published its report last week. There was cross-party agreement that the current government housing plan is not working.

“The Committee strongly recommended a shift in Government away from using private sectors housing to meet social housing need. The reports central recommendation is the provision of 50,000 real social houses over the next five years.

“South County Dublin has 10% of the total housing need in the country. There are over 9,000 families on the Council waiting list and over 200 homeless families. 

“If the new Minister for Housing Simon Coveney adopts the Dáil Housing and Homelessness Committee's report, this would mean 5,000 real social housing units for South County Dublin over the next five years. The current government plan would provide less than 600 Council houses. 

“This figure includes acquisitions, refurbishments. and new builds. The recent Housing Agency report showed that there are over 5,000 vacant properties in South County Dublin. The Minister for Housing must provide more funding to the Council to allow them to increase the use of its CPO powers to acquire these units and bring them into the social housing stock.

“Increasing the stock of social housing will alleviate pressure on the private housing market. In the interim, a number of measures were proposed to help families stay in their rented homes. 

The report recommended that rent certainty be introduced, by linking rent reviews to an index such as the CPI, in order to provide some stability for both tenants and landlords. 

“This measure could be introduced in tandem with rises in rent supplement and housing assistance payment. 

“Tenant rights should also be strengthened and this includes providing additional protection to tenants in repossessed buy-to-lets.

“Minister Coveney has the opportunity to be both ambitious and radical in his Action Plan for Housing and I hope he includes all of the 109 recommendations made in the Committee report.

“I would urge him to bring forward the publication of this plan to before the Dáil summer recess as the homelessness problem is getting worse.

“We cannot afford to sit back for the summer and wait more families and children to become homeless. We need action now.”

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