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The homeless and housing charity Peter McVerry Trust has welcomed the Government’s move to increase the rate of supports available to recipients of rent supplement and the housing assistance payment. The charity said the move will help keep more people in their homes and out of homelessness.
Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said, “We fully support the move to increase the rate of payments available through rent supplement and housing assistance payment schemes. In our recent submission to the Oireachtas Housing and Homeless Committee, we recommended an increase of between 28%-35%. The new rates will see an average increase of 29% in Dublin, excluding Fingal, 21% increases in Cork City and Galway City and an increase of 19% in Kildare. Other areas will also see significant increases in the available rates.”
“Prevention, which in this case means keeping people in their existing rental accommodation, is a critical measure in combating homelessness. The private rental market has haemorrhaged tenants into homelessness, particularly over the last 2 years at a time when rents have steadily risen to exceed its 2008 peak in parts of the country. Today’s announcement will help reduce the number of people who would have otherwise ended up in homeless services, right across the country. It will hopefully lessen the acute pressures faced by agencies trying to tackle the problem and will create a breathing space to allow them to respond in other ways.”
Concluding, Mr Doyle called for the Government to now immediately move to bring forward legislation on indexed linked rents. “Given that people in existing tenancies should be protected by the amended rent reviews introduced last December, we should not see any significant movement in rental prices as a result of this move. Nonetheless, Peter McVerry Trust believes that the Government still must bring forward legislation to link rents to the Consumer Price Index before the year end.”
Francis Doherty – Head of Communications – 087 9421 051