Cllr Jennifer Whitmore has criticized the recent government plans to tackle the housing crisis.
The Social Democrats cllr has described the plans, which will create 10% social housing, 30% affordable housing, and 60% private housing – as ‘inadequate’.
Whitmore said “Whilst I welcome the proposals for a housing delivery agency, which can coordinate the acquisition of land and the building of houses, the current proposals fall short of what’s needed to truly address the current housing crisis. This agency will not deliver the radical reforms needed to properly tackle the housing crisis.”
“Of significant concern is the fact that ‘affordable’ homes in these new schemes are proposed to cost €320,000. This figure appears to be calculated on the basis of two average full-time salaries of €45,611 each. In other words, if €320,000 is going to be the price of a so-called affordable home, then those homes will only be available to households with incomes in excess of €90k. But the reality is most Irish households do not have incomes of over €90,000.”
“Also, this assessment is based on two incomes. Once again, single people need not apply. Parents who wish to take time out with their kids need not apply. Parents who are forced to stay home due to childcare costs need not apply. The list is endless. Basically, if you don’t have two full-time incomes, you don’t count. It constitutes dreadful social policy and Minister Murphy needs to go back to the drawing board, speak to real people and see what affordability actually means to people.”