I recently asked the Minister for Justice about the ongoing discrimination against social welfare recipients in regard to the rental housing market, see his reply below.
To ask the Minister for Social Protection the steps she has taken to ensure that in the guidance notes for the Pensions Board in relation to the recently enacted Social Welfare and Pensions No.2 Act that a scale of protection to recognise length of service, age, duration and varying contributions made, is included to protect members with long pensionable service and contributions; and that the Pensions Board are required to not just notify pensioners about reductions but to provide for negotiations and appeals. – Clare Daly.
Balbriggan Library Move
To ask the Minister for Social Protection the criteria for the establishment and location of Intreo offices; if it is appropriate that these services should lead to existing well supported amenities being relocated.
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.