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Government accused of missing 14 housing targets in first 12 months of Housing for All plan

Labour party says the targets have not been met in the first year of the €4bn-per-year plan

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The Government has pledged to spend €4bn a year up to 2030 on its Housing for All programme. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The Government has pledged to spend €4bn a year up to 2030 on its Housing for All programme. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The Government has pledged to spend €4bn a year up to 2030 on its Housing for All programme. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The Government has been accused of missing 14 targets under Housing for All in the lead-up to its first anniversary.

Plans to allocate additional resources to the Residential Tenancies Board, retrofitting 2,400 social homes and a new register for short-term and holiday lets are some of the promises which have been delayed under Housing for All, according to the Labour party.

Labour will today launch a “report card” of Housing for All’s first year, which will find 14 targets not met and a ­further eight with no update.

Guidance on rural housing, e-planning in all county and city councils or a new programme of compulsory purchase orders for vacant properties for resale are all due under the €4bn-per-year plan.

No update has been given on collecting data vacancy levels in residential properties, new laws to allow Technological Universities borrow from the Housing Finance Agency or additional treatments for homeless people living with drug or alcohol addictions, according to the party.

“Housing for All is clearly failing,” said Labour housing spokesperson Senator Rebecca Moynihan, ahead of the launch.

“Homelessness is at record level, people are queuing around the street for a room, people being priced out of buying a home and people paying nearly half their wages on rent.”

The senator said while there have been “positives”, they are not “nearly enough”.

“There’s been some positives in terms of cost rental, but it’s not nearly enough for how many people apply. We need to do all we can to keep people out of homelessness, equip local authorities to buy housing where there is a tenant in situ. There is no sense of urgency on tenants’ security, while people are renters in anxiety.”

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Labour leader Ivana Bacik and Senator Moynihan will launch the party’s “report card” today in Leinster House. 

The Government has pitched the Housing for All plan, which was unveiled 12 months ago this week, as its proposal to alleviate the housing crisis.

However, Housing for All has received criticism that its targets are too low and that it lacks ambition. It comes as rental properties shrink, with landlords selling up, and first- time buyers struggle to get onto the property ladder.

Under the plan, an average of 33,000 properties per year are to be delivered by 2030.

By the end of the decade, the plan vows to deliver 90,000 social homes, 36,000 affordable purchase homes and 18,000 cost rental homes in the State’s largest building programme in history.

Housing minister Darragh O’Brien recently launched the First Home shared equity scheme, which aims to help first-time buyers secure their first homes.

A total of €450m will be allocated to the Croí Cónaithe Cities fund with the aim of building 5,000 apartments. Developers will be allocated up to €144,000 per apartment as an incentive in five cities.

This year, the Government’s target under Housing for All is 24,600 new homes. In the 12 months to the end of March 2022, a total of 22,219 new homes were completed.

The Covid-19 pandemic saw the shutdown of construction sites and a slower delivery of housing. Up to last May, commencement notices for 30,233 new homes were received.

Mr O’Brien said recently these figures “point to a substantial uplift in new housing supply in the coming years”.

The Department of Housing did not respond to a request for comment.



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