News & Events
Homelessness and Housing
“Peter McVerry Trust welcomes the additional €28 million allocated by Government to provide additional emergency homeless accommodation. The new funding is recognition by Government that we need to increase the availability of suitable emergency beds for those in need and to ensure that we respond to the rising numbers in homelessness.”
“The additional €105 million allocated towards the HAP scheme is welcome and we hope that it can provide the 15,000 tenancies it aims to deliver. However, the impact of this funding and the HAP scheme in general is being eroded because of unrestricted increases in the cost of renting and the lack of security of tenure for tenants.”
Social Welfare Payments for Young People
“We are very disappointed that the Government has not included those aged 25 or under in the €5 increase in the Jobseeker’s Allowance. Those aged 18-25 have been given restricted increases of €2.70 and €3.80 and this will send a message to young people that Government does not value them like they value those who are older.
“In fact the decision by government not to allocate the €5 to those aged 18-25 means that the gap in welfare payments between young people and those aged over 26 is bigger now than it was before Budget 2017.”
Rent a Room Scheme – Student Tenants
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said he hoped that increases in the rent a room threshold for student accommodation will mean pressures ease in the rental system. “At the moment people seeking to exit homelessness are often competing with students to secure accommodation. If we can get students out of the private rental market and into other suitable forms of accommodation like the rent a room scheme it hopefully means we can help get more people out of homelessness.”
Living City Initiative
“The decision to extend the living city initiative to landlords is welcome and we hope that this measure delivers more units of residential accommodation and urgently needed affordable supply in urban areas.”
Help to Buy Scheme
Peter McVerry Trust has said that it will need to to see the full details of the new Help to Buy Scheme, some of which were outlined by Minister Noonan today. The charity said it is worried that the thresholds set out in the Minister’s speech mean that the previous target of building affordable homes for first time buyers has been abandoned.
Pat Doyle said, “In the summer of 2016, Minister Simon Coveney stated that the construction industry would be challenged to produce affordable homes for first time buyers, with a figure of €300,000 benchmarked for Dublin. However, the details of the Help to Buy Scheme announced today, which will allow qualifying purchases of up to €600,000, will undermine that commitment. Peter McVerry Trust is concerned that today’s announcement will be interpreted by the construction industry as an abandonment of efforts to bring the cost of new homes into line with what first time buyers can realistically afford. Ultimately, this scheme could very well drive up the cost of housing and renting for everyone in the housing system.“
Francis Doherty – Head of Communications – 087 9421 051
Nyle Lennon – Communications Officer – 087 907 3693