Fianna Fail Group Leader on Dublin City Council Cllr. Paul McAuliffe has accused Fine Gael and Labour Ministers of dragging their feet on the promised reform of the rent supplement system with little progress delivered since the policy was announced in 2011.

“In 2011 the then Minister for Housing Willie Penrose heralded plans to transfer the rent supplement system to local councils, but three years later only a handful of pilot projects have been initiated”, said Cllr. McAuliffe

“The rent supplement system supports 86,000 people who need to rent privately but who do not have the resources to pay for it. However, once people return to work their payment is rescinded.  This effectively forces them to choose between the roof over their head or the possibility of getting a job.  We need to end this poverty trap immediately.

“The Government’s delivery on this issue has been pathetic.  The shortage of rented properties in Dublin City and the failure to even provide a pilot project for those currently on rent supplement in the city is an absolute disgrace. This Government needs to realise that the housing crisis is not abating, and in fact demands immediate action”, concluded Cllr. McAuliffe.