Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection Willie O’Dea says the Government’s decision to increase rent supplement, in line with the Confidence and Supply Agreement with Fianna Fáil, must be part of suite of measures designed to tackle the housing crisis.
An increase in rent supplement was agreed during the Trinity talks in May and is contained in the Confidence and Supply document between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
Responding to this morning’s announcement, Deputy O’Dea said, “Many families are at risk of losing their homes due to rapidly rising rents. That’s why Fianna Fáil put a rent supplement increase in our election manifesto and fought for an increase in rent supplement in the minority Government talks. Despite serious Fine Gael opposition we forced through what is a vital measure to help people stay in their homes and prevent more families falling into homelessness.
“The Government’s decision to increase rent supplement limits in major urban areas such as Dublin will help in the short term. Ensuring that the supplement reflects the reality in the market will also help stop the practice of illegal top ups that are putting families to the pin of their collar. It’s also important that laws banning landlords from refusing tenants because they are on rent supplement are fully implemented.
“However, the measures announced today must be part of an overall housing package that will increase supply. The Government should act quickly on the recent all party Oireachtas Housing Committee chaired by Fianna Fáil TD John Curran to invest heavily in housing. Supply is the only long term solution to the crisis we are facing across Ireland today”, Deputy O’Dea concluded.