Our analysis shows that the Minister is relying on spin over any real substance. Marked by delays across all action points, his plan is clearly not working for tens of thousands of people. All the key indicators are pointing sharply upwards. It’s not acceptable.
Labour has called for the reintroduction of the no-fault eviction ban to provide some certainty for renters. With evictions up 20.6% in Q1 and Q2 of this year alone, we need to see a fundamental rethink from Government to protect against an increase in people entering homelessness from the private rental market.
Having one person living in homelessness is a national disgrace, but Government seem content with almost 13,000 people living in homelessness at present.
That’s a 51.5% increase since Housing for All was launched. Perhaps it should be named “housing for some” – it seems that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have consistently prioritised the interests of big landlords and investment funds over those of renters and families at risk of homelessness.
The overall objective of Housing for All was to ensure that “every citizen in the State should have access to good quality homes: to purchase or rent at an affordable price; built to a high standard in the right place; offering a high quality of life.” After years of private market failure, we must provide a new model to tackle the housing crisis.
Read the report in full here: https://labour.ie/news/2023/09/20/two-years-on-housing-for-all-is-failing-fast/