‘Social housing targets must reflect level of need in local authority area’

‘Social housing targets must reflect level of need in local authority area’

By Maurice Garvey

OF THE 6,702 households on the housing list in South Dublin County Council, over 4,000 are on the list for Dublin Mid West (Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathcoole and Newcastle).

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin received information from the council which shows that there are currently 6,702 households on the council social housing list and 4,084 are based in Dublin Mid West.

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An area shot of Tallaght

Deputy Ó Broin said: “There are a further 2,892 households on HAP. In total there are 9,594 households in need of real social housing across the council area.

With regard to date for the 6,702 households, Deputy Ó Broin estimates 43.5 per cent of households (1,777) are waiting on a one bed property, with 36.4 per cent (1,485) waiting on a two-bed home.

“Despite this, recent Part 8 planning applications from South Dublin County Council have focused on three bed units,” he said.

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Eoin O’Broin, TD

“Social housing targets must reflect the level of need in the local authority area with the annual target matching the need. While the recent increase in social housing output is welcome it is nowhere near what is needed to meet the current level of need.”

Ó Broin wants to see “at least a doubling of the social housing funding commitment from central government” in the upcoming Budget “so that real social housing delivery can be ramped up” and the waiting lists tackled.

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