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Nothing new emerges from Minister’s housing summit - Eoin Ó Broin TD

3 July, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has labelled Minister Murphy’s latest housing announcement as more “spin over substance” as no new ambitious policy initiatives emerge to tackle the scale of the housing crisis.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Another summit has led to another series of re-announcements from the Minister for Housing today.

“Nothing announced today addresses the urgency or the scale of the housing crisis this State is facing.

“The three key areas of homelessness, affordable housing and the slow delivery of social homes were not addressed in any substantive way today.

“There was nothing aimed at stemming the flow of families into homeless and keeping them in their homes. A HAP promotion scheme is hardly ambitious or ground breaking. Families receiving notices to quit are the biggest driver of family homelessness, failing to tackle this will lead to more and more families accessing homeless services.

“The level of social housing investment and the government targets remain too low. It is still hard to fathom how this government does not yet realise that we are in the midst of a housing emergency.  We need targets and investment to match the enormity of the crisis.

“The Minister continues to make vague announcement about affordable housing. This government is not committed to addressing the widening gulf between those who can afford to live in the city they work in and those who can’t.

“The only way to guarantee affordability is for state led investment in real affordable homes on public land. A fund of €75m will not make a dent in the pent up demand for affordable homes.

“The Minister told us nothing new today. He is continuing with the same failed policies as before. This government either genuinely doesn’t understand the impact of this crisis on its citizens or it simply doesn’t care. “

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