Wicklow social housing waiting list at record high

The Wicklow social housing waiting list has risen to 2,601 people in 2017, according to new information from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

This represents an increase of 90 people when compared to 2016 when there were 2,511 people on the county’s waiting list.

Fianna Fáil TD for Wicklow Pat Casey has criticised the Government for failing to get to grips with the housing crisis, and believes “a new Housing Delivery Agency, and capital funding is required”.

TD Casey said “the Government needs to re-assess its policy and get bricks and mortar in the ground”.

He also proposed that the ‘Part V’ act—which currently allows local authorities to use 10% of land zoned for residential development as social housing—be increased to 20% to meet the housing demand.

Since 2011 only 6,000 new social houses have been built across Ireland, despite Fine Gael’s promise to deliver an additional 30,000 new homes through the Re-Building Ireland programme.

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