Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne has successfully passed a motion at Louth County Council’s September meeting calling on the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, to review the income eligibility for social housing supports.
Speaking on her motion Cllr Byrne said “there hasn’t been a been review on these thresholds since 2011 nor has there been any increase over the years with inflation.”
Cllr Byrne went on to state that in her home town of Drogheda “there are major imbalances with some parts of the town in Co.Louth while other parts are in Co.Meath, both of which fall into two different bands of eligibility. Those in Meath are allowed to earn much more money and still be eligible for social housing supports and join the local authorities housing lists while those living in Louth are penalised with a lower threshold.”
Cllr Byrne hit out at the lack of equality for Drogheda citizens.
“Louth is Band 2 whose maximum net threshold for a single peron is €30k, and for a family extends to 36k. Meath however is banded with the big cities which include Dublin and Cork in Band 1 whose maximum net threshold begins at 35k for a single person and extends to 42k for a family.”
“The Department of Housing initiated a review of these thresholds over two years ago. I want the Minister to stop dragging his feet, conclude the report and publish its findings along with any recommendations made by the Housing Agency in the process of the review.”
Correspondence of the motion will now be sent to the Minister, The Department of Housing and the Oireachtas Committee on Housing for consideration.