Families stuck in rent trap nightmare – Cllr Cathleen Carney Boud

Dublin Sinn Féin city councillor has commented on a recent report by daft.ie, where it illustrates that a 3 bed house to rent in North Dublin City costs €1400 per month.

 Cllr Cathleen Carney Boud said:

 “Roughly, that is €350 a week for rent, then there’s bills to pay, transport costs getting to work, school fees etc. and that’s before you put a dinner on the table!”

For working families it is a huge struggle to keep a roof over their heads. These prices are going to continue to rise until supply meets demand”

We tend to focus on families on rent supplement or mortgage arrears but I have had more and more families who are stuck in the rental trap come to me looking for advice.

It is frustrating that renting is costing more than a mortgage, but it is impossible to save when paying such high rents and the new 20% deposit rule will mean that many families will be renting for most of their lives.

Security of tenancy, rent controls and better regulations must be applied to support long term tenants.”

Government trying to disguise cut to housing grants for the elderly – Ellis

Sinn Féin Housing Dessie Ellis spokesperson has condemned the government for attempting to misrepresent a cut to elderly housing grants as a reallocation of funds. He made his comments as Age Action, an organisation which promotes positive ageing and better policies and services for older people, criticised the cut.

Deputy Ellis said;

“This is a cut plain and simple. It is a well-worn tactic of this government to claim they are reallocating funds to disguise an overall cut. Funds may be reallocated but not back into housing as is so desperately needed.

“The adaptation grant scheme in Dublin had to close last summer due to lack of funds. Now they are making it harder for older people to even be eligible by raising the age to 66, raising contributions and reducing the maximum grant by a fifth.

“If the government and the Minister can’t stand over their cuts then they should reconsider them. For the sake of many older people living in inappropriate conditions I hope they do.”