Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has criticised the Minister for Housing for a delay in the publication of a review of social housing eligibility. The Minister committed to a review in a reply to Deputy Smith last October, however more than eight months later, it has still not been published.
Deputy Brendan Smith explained, “There are hundreds of people across Cavan and Monaghan who are on low incomes and are being refused mortgage approval from the banks. Unfortunately they are also failing to qualify for social housing because their incomes are deemed too high. If the current rates remain, these people will be caught and will never be able to own their own homes.
“Over the past number of years, the eligibility criteria for social housing have become unrealistic. These need to be urgently examined and I raised the issue with Minister Eoghan Murphy last year. At that stage he committed to complete a review of the income eligibility limits for social housing supports. I had hoped that a report would have been made available by now, but we are still waiting.
“I believe this review should be published as a matter of urgency. Unless action is taken, we are condemning people to the rental market for life and people being deprived of owning their own homes. This is deeply unfair and must be addressed”.