Housing charity Threshold recently called on the Irish government to act in the face of what it believes is a rental crisis in Ireland. According to the charity rents “are rising very significantly, particularly at the bottom end of the market”.
A forthcoming study carried out by the group shows that more than 50 per cent of people receiving rent supplement from the State are topping up their rent because they cannot access housing without paying more than the State contribution.
The charity called for Government action to prevent people from being displaced from their homes. The reality is that there already is a significant amount of displacement and a serious increase in those presenting as homeless. According to Focus Ireland 16 families are are losing their home every month in Dublin while they have had a 20% increase in inquiries nationwide.
Click on the links below to listen to discussion around amendments proposed to the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2013
Clare attended today’s meeting of the Social Protection sub-Committee to discuss issues relating to the Social Welfare and Pensions bill 2013. Click on the links below to watch part of her contribution:
Clare raised the issue of recent budget cuts to Social Welfare for under 26 yr olds and asked the Tanaiste if he can provide evidence to prove that dole cuts can create jobs.