Tuesday 27 September 2016

Government pledges to end the use of hotels and B&Bs for families by building 500 homes

Published 05/05/2016 | 15:40

Barry Cowen Photo: Tom Burke
Barry Cowen Photo: Tom Burke

The Government has pledged to end the use of hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation for families by delivering 500 new “rapid delivery” homes.

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Finance for councils will be linked to their ability to deliver in terms of housing, the document says.

A new ‘Help to Build’ funding scheme for the development of affordable housing will be set up.

An Oireachtas committee will also be asked to consider tax relief for landlords within 100 days in order to boost the supply of homes in the rental sector.

And the committee will consider the merits of reducing VAT on new homes from 13.5pc to 9pc - which represents a partial u-turn by Fine Gael. The party had previously said it wanted to introduce the measure.

The document says housing associations will be supported in order to purchase homes being sold by investors in situations where the sale could result in families being made homeless.

The completion of unfinished housing estates will also be completed by 2017 in a move that will cost €10m.

The document also says consideration will be given to how to encourage the agreement of long-term leases and that measures aimed at boosting the supply of accommodation for third level students will be looked at.

There will be a 15pc increase in rent supplement, which had been pushed for by Fianna Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen.

Tax relief will be maintained for landlords who accept rent supplement and HAP tenants.

A new town and village renewal scheme will be rolled out.

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