Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Cut red tape' to end housing crisis

Simon’s Niamh Randall launched the homeless and housing charity’s Cut The Red Tape campaign. Photo: Jason Clarke
Simon’s Niamh Randall launched the homeless and housing charity’s Cut The Red Tape campaign. Photo: Jason Clarke

Martin Grant

Red tape is continuing to push people out of their homes and make it difficult to secure deposits, the Simon Community has warned.

The country's largest homeless charity urged the Government to take immediate action and implement measures in the Budget to reduce the number of homeless people.

New figures reveal there are more than 6,500 people in emergency accommodation.

Simon Community national spokesperson Niamh Randall said that politicians must cut the red tape, bureaucracy and system failures that were stopping people from leaving homeless behind.

She said the organisation welcomed commitments made by Housing Minister Simon Coveney, but called for the Cabinet to "row in" to ensure they were delivered.

The charity believes politicians need to urgently look at incentives to bring homes back onto the market.

Irish Independent

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