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Friday 25 April 2014

People opt for poor housing to get up list

PEOPLE are deliberately choosing to live in run-down accommodation to increase their chances of getting public housing, a report has found.

Dublin City councillors have voted to abolish the existing points system and replace it with allocations based on the actual length of time on the housing list.

Under the old system some people resisted moving into alternative temporary accommodation for fear of losing points, claimed the council's assistance manager Dick Brady.

"In some instances, in order to attain higher points, applicants aspired to actually worsening their circumstances," he said.

Priority

Under the new system there will be three bands of priority, with allocation decisions based on length of time on the housing list.

Homeless and medical cases, will be given first priority.

Those with overcrowding problems will make up the second tier, with all other cases falling under the third.

Recent figures show that one- third of applicants on the council's housing list have been waiting more than five years. Some 16,600 families and individuals are on the waiting list, with 7,538 on the transfer list.

Meanwhile, city councillors have supported the introduction of a car pooling system – similar to the bike scheme – in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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