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Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust responded to Budget 2016 by saying:
“Given media coverage in recent days we are not surprised by Budget 2016. We are however disappointed the Government chose not to do anything of note for homeless individuals, couples and families. We welcome the additional €38 million for TUSLA particularly given the rapidly rising numbers of homeless children. It is also very disappointing that nothing additional is being proposed in the areas of mental health services and drug treatment supports.”
“An improving economy will not automatically help the most vulnerable. Today’s budget will send a clear message to people in homelessness who would would have been hoping for some additional support. They are simply not important to politicians particularly in a year when a General Election will be called.”
“For those that Peter McVerry Trust support there is little point talking about an increase in the minimum wage or reductions in unemployment levels when young people in homelessness don’t have a home or a chance to get a job or into education.”
“The €17 million for homeless accommodation is welcomed and could help provide additional emergency capacity. However, this amount measured against the growing nature of the emergency we face suggests that the Government, and in particular senior Government Ministers, have failed to grasp the challenge that exists in tackling homelessness. That or they have simply ignored the issue. Increasing spending in emergency accommodation will not solve homelessness, investment in housing and areas such as drug treatment, mental health and children and youth affairs are the solutions to this emergency.”
“We welcome the move to improve the supply of housing provision by NAMA, particularly in the high need Greater Dublin Area. We would hope that there will be an appropriate supply of affordable and social housing units within these 20,000 houses and apartments, if not then this move will completely ignore NAMA’s responsibility on social housing provision.