Saturday 28 February 2015

Tanaiste promises 25,000 new builds per annum by 2020

Published 11/07/2014 | 14:12

1/5/2013; Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D., and Joan Burton, T.D., Minister for Social Protection at the launch of an independent evaluation of the JobBridge Scheme which demonstrates the internship scheme is amongest the most successful in Europe. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Tanaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers

THE Tanaiste has promised to triple the number of new homes built by 2020.

Joan Burton, who retained her position as Minister for Social Protection in today’s Cabinet reshuffle, has said the government will establish a construction programme to triple the number of houses built to 25,000 by 2020.

Ms Burton say the provision of family homes is part of the “social recovery” – a rise in house prices and increase in rent is impacting negatively upon families, particularly those in Dublin.

“We have moved from a situation of building far too many houses in the wrong areas to building far too few in the right areas, particularly in Dublin.

“This is reflected in significant upward house price pressure, and an increase in rents which is having a disproportionate impact on low-income families.

“It is imperative that we move urgently to improve the supply of housing for both home purchasers and those renting,” she said in the Dail today.

“In recent weeks, I made it abundantly clear that a Labour priority in the remainder of this Government’s term would be to deliver a major social and affordable housing programme.

“And housing will be the number one priority of the Department of the Environment for the remainder of this Government’s term.

“We will set in train a construction programme to triple the number of houses built to 25,000 a year by 2020.

“We will also explore creative ways of funding social housing provision, and task NAMA to maximise its potential to deliver homes for families.”

Some 80,000 people in the construction sector remain out of work – but Burton is confident that such a programme will provide employment as well as homes for families.

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