Ireland’s largest housing association has welcomed increased spending in Budget 2018.
Social housing output plummeted by over 90% in the decade between 2005 and 2015 and as a consequence of this Ireland is experiencing a chronic shortage of good quality affordable rental housing for people on low incomes. Clúid Housing’s Head of Policy, Simon Brooke said: “We are delighted to see the Government commit to increasing social housing delivery in both 2018 and subsequent years through allocating more funding to the sector.”
Empty homes tax a lost opportunity
“However, additional measures we would like to have seen today include a taxation on empty properties.” Brooke continued.
Clúid believes the number of empty homes that are ready for occupation now may not be as large as the Census appears to show. But bringing these dwellings into use should be a priority and one way of achieving this would be to introduce a tax on empty properties.
Clúid Housing is the largest housing association in Ireland and has already delivered over 6000 high quality, affordable homes to people in housing need all over Ireland. Housing associations are independent, not-for-profit charities.
Clúid has an ambitious growth strategy focused on delivering 2500 new homes over 3 years. In 2017 Clúid has already delivered 370 new homes with another 300 scheduled to arrive before the end of the year. The organisation is actively seeking partnerships with local authorities, developers, state agencies and financial institutions to help provide a home to those on housing waiting lists.
James Harold – Communications Manager: 087 614 0352