‘A Housing Policy Failing To Evolve’

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Budget 2019 speech broadcast in Arnotts, Dublin  this afternoon

During his Budget 2019 speech, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue promised increasing the planned funding of the affordable housing scheme from €20 million to €89 million,  facilitating the delivery of  ‘6,000 affordable homes’.

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has questioned it merits and said that the Government’s failure to introduce an affordable rental scheme “is evidence of a lack of vision and housing policy that is failing to evolve”.

It believes the scheme should be restricted to areas where housing costs are most acute. House prices are above €200,000 in only 11 Local Authority Areas.

The Programme for Government 2016 committed to introducing a “new model of affordable rental housing”.

ICSH chief executive Dr Donal McManus said:

“Budget 2019 affordable housing purchase proposals will provide relief for a percentage of households. However, the real requirement is for affordable rental accommodation.

This Budget could have been a watershed moment for Irish housing policy with the potential to kickstart a fresh approach and new thinking on housing if a significant programme for affordable rental accommodation had been introduced alongside these measures”

Of the Rebuilding Ireland social housing targets for 2019, Dr McManus said:

“Today’s budget announcement for the delivery of almost 10,000 social homes in 2019 is welcome.

However, the targets haven’t been increased.

Our housing association members are ready to deliver on targets. The current social housing construction pipeline for housing associations is at 6,305, representing almost 40% of the national total of 16,351 (Quarter 2 2018).”

Irish Council For Social Housing

€470 million extra allocated to housing (RTÉ)

Earlier: The Money Shot

11 thoughts on “‘A Housing Policy Failing To Evolve’

  1. Shane McDonald

    Some interesting key highlights from the budget. I don’t think the VAT for hotels should have increased from 9% but I know there are people who think it was required.

  2. Starina

    I feel like they haven’t really addressed the housing crisis at all.

    There’s some empty promises of social housing, but nothing for the rest of us who are just trying to survive in the private rental market. Tax breaks for landlords, woop-de-doo

    1. Col

      Nothing for renters who are trying to buy, unless you qualify for “Affordable Housing” (should housing in general in a country not be affordable for people who live in that country?)

  3. phil

    WRONG, they have shown vision , FG dont like to speak about their vision , it gets them in trouble with a fair section of the electorate , Their vision does not include any type of ‘social housing’ …

  4. Clampers Outside!

    RTE went to Waterford for their voxpop on the budget, interviewing a student, and another earning €18k a year…. both shopping in Waterford’s equivalent of Donnybrook Fair… ah here!

    And there’s a LiDL right across the road! :)

      1. Martco

        ah Ardkeen is the best place in Waterford for the decent shop like, hard to blame anyone for grabbing a couple of posh items in there..,I always drop in for some Blaa & that little barista coffee dock place is the best in the southeast imho.

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