At the December meeting of Louth County Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne tabled a motion calling on LCC to commence unannounced, random spot-checks on all emergency accommodation provided by the local authority to those presenting as homeless.
Cllr Byrne also requested that a summary of these checks be reported to the council monthly in the housing progress report.
Following her motion being passed, Cllr Byrne is delighted to see that these checks are already underway and the first reporting of the same included in the January report.
Cllr Byrne said: “There is an onus on the Local Authority to promote safe and effective service provision to the vulnerable in our society experiencing homelessness. There is a multitude of reasons behind me requesting these checks – to keep the channels of communication open between the local authority and those being placed in emergency accommodation, but mostly to ensure that all of this accommodation complies with building, health and fire safety standards. The safety and wellbeing of people who find themselves in a vulnerable position, is very important.
“In December I welcomed the response from The Director of Service’s for Housing that they were to happy to act on my request and commit to reporting of this on a monthly basis, and one month later I commend the Local Authority on the swift implementation of the same. It is re-assuring to see the importance of these checks being recognised.”
Cllr Byrne has vowed to monitor this going forward and ensure that these checks continue.