Housing crisis response July 28, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Eoin Ó Broin notes in the SBP in regard to the Housing Action Plan that yet again there’s an over reliance on the private sector. Quite some over reliance too. One of the most iniquitous aspects is the construction, as he points out, of 10,000 supposedly social units that will actually be private and leased to the state for 10 to 20 years. Rather than building a public housing stock the HAP seems determined, doggedly so, to keep away from such responsibility. As he also notes the recommendations of the Oireachtas Housing and Homelessness committee report which sought 10000 social housing units each year will not be met, with only 6,000 per annum constructed. And Ó Broin is correct too to argue that it is the very dependence upon private systems that has led us in large part to where we are today.
What’s telling is that Pat Rabbitte in the same edition starts out criticising ‘Trotskyite’ TDs responses to the HAP and then addresses not at all the issue of ownership. In the course of a column it does not trouble him in the slightest. Indeed for him it is all about process – supply, building costs, price of land. None of which are unimportant. But he himself has to admit that the commitment to 47,000 social units is ‘modest’. Perhaps I’m being unfair, but right there we see at least a part of the problem. If even those nominally on the left aren’t exercised by the who as much as the how and the when then the prospect for social outcomes is hugely constrained.