Friday 22 September 2017

Scant detail on protection for homeowners

Sinn Féin's Eoin Ó Broin criticised the housing agreement Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Sinn Féin's Eoin Ó Broin criticised the housing agreement Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Pledges on housing and ending the homelessness crisis contained in the agreed Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil policy document have been criticised as vague and lacking in detail.

The document pledged to significantly increase the delivery of social housing units and initiate an affordable housing scheme. However, no specific targets were outlined.

It also contained a commitment to protect family homes by introducing additional long-term solutions for arrears.

It promises to provide greater protection for mortgage holders whose loans have been transferred to vulture funds.

But it does not spell out what any of these measures will be.

The document also commits to increasing rent supplement and the housing assistance payment limits by up to 15pc in certain geographic areas.

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin said the agreement was not sufficient to deal with the housing and homelessness crisis.

He called on both parties to "provide more detail on the vague proposals that were announced".

Paul Sweeney, chair of the TASC Economists Network, said there was no reason why the incoming government could not directly fund a massive housing programme.

Irish Independent

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