Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South West John Lahart has called on the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to address an inconsistency with the qualifying criteria for social housing and the Rebuilding Ireland mortgage scheme.

At present the Working Family Payment is deemed to be income for the purposes of assessing eligibility for social housing. However, families in receipt of this payment are not able to apply for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme as it is not available to those in receipt of social welfare payments.

Deputy Lahart, “This situation is utterly absurd. Many families on lower incomes are unable to qualify for social housing as the assessment takes into account the Working Family Payment. However these families are still unable to make an application to the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme as it does not cater for those in receipt of social welfare payments.

“This means that many families are stuck in limbo as they are just outside the qualifying criteria for social housing yet they still cannot apply to the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme. It is an absolutely ridiculous situation considering the Government established the Rebuilding Ireland scheme to help people who do not qualify for social housing.

“I’m calling on Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to address this anomaly. The current situation isn’t fair on families who fall between the two schemes,” concluded Deputy Lahart.