Monday 23 January 2017

One-in-three wants social houses built by the State

Published 22/03/2016 | 02:30

A survey of 1,000 people has found that large numbers view the State as having a major role in sorting out the housing mess. Stock Image
A survey of 1,000 people has found that large numbers view the State as having a major role in sorting out the housing mess. Stock Image

One-in-three people thinks the Government should get involved directly in building social housing as a way of dealing with the accommodation crisis.

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A survey of 1,000 people has found that large numbers view the State as having a major role in sorting out the housing mess.

Over the last few years private developers have been required to provide social and affordable housing as part of their planning permissions, with the State generally no longer involved in house building.

The survey, undertaken for life and pensions company Royal London, found that 32pc of people in this country feel the next Government should build more houses as a first step towards solving the housing shortage.

Royal London sells mortgage protection policies here.

The chronic shortage of housing has been exacerbated by the failure of developers to build, with accusations that they are land hoarding.

Rents in Dublin are back to levels last seen during the housing boom, and a fall in mortgage lending, are also combining to make the housing situation worse.

The survey, which was conducted by iReach, found more than one in five believes that the "red tape" relating to the building of new homes should be cut.

There was also support for rent controls. The research indicates that 28pc of people believed that the Government should apply strict rent controls.

Support for rent controls is highest among younger age groups.

More than one- third of those between the ages of 18 and 34 want strict controls. This is the age group being hit with spiralling rents.

It now costs €1,400 a month to rent a house in Dublin, according to official figures.

The Royal London survey asked which of a list of measures should the next government prioritise.

Some 32pc said the Government should build more houses itself, 28pc opted for rent controls, and 21pc wanted red tape cut to speed up building.

Joe Charles of Royal London said supply shortages, lending restrictions and a lack of funding to deal with housing and homeless issues were affecting the lives of thousands of families.

Irish Independent

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