Thursday 27 October 2016

Councils failing to draw down social housing funds

Published 08/07/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fail deputy Kevin O'Keeffe Picture: Tom Burke
Fianna Fail deputy Kevin O'Keeffe Picture: Tom Burke

More than half of the country's local authorities have failed to draw down any funding this year for the purpose of buying properties for social housing, new figures reveal.

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Just 13 councils accessed money from the Department of Housing between January and the end of June - despite the chronic shortage of homes.

The department insists that all local authorities are "pursuing the acquisition of new and previously owned housing and apartments."

However, figures provided to Fianna Fáil TD for Cork East Kevin O'Keeffe show that in many urban areas where the housing crisis is most serious, funding has yet to be drawn down.

All four of the local authorities in Dublin fall into this category, as well as Cork County and City Council, Limerick City and County Council, Galway City Council and Kilkenny County Council.

Mr O'Keeffe raised concerns about the figures given the seriousness of the housing crisis.

"It seems odd that so many local authorities have had no payments approved for the last six months, including both in Cork," he said.

Irish Independent

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