New figures reveal 22% jump in housing waiting lists in Kildare – O’Rourke
– FOI request by FF reveals a surge in number of people needing housing –
– Govt using outdated figures that mask the true extent of housing crisis –
New figures obtained by Cllr Frank O’Rourke have revealed a surge of 22% in the social housing waiting list in Kildare in less than two years.
Cllr O’Rourke made the revelation following a Freedom of Information request made by Fianna Fáil to Kildare County Council to obtain the most up to date figures for the social housing waiting list in the county. The figures returned reveal that the Government has grossly underplayed the extent of the housing crisis.
“The official government figure states that there are 5,454 people on the housing waiting list in Kildare. However data revealed to Fianna Fáil shows that this has jumped by 22% to over 6,668 households” said Cllr O’Rourke.
“These figures are truly shocking. Minister Kelly claims that he has the housing crisis under control. However these figures reveal that the crisis is far worse than we imagined. The government is significantly understating the extent of the crisis, using figures that are actually two years out of date.
“The government has to start facing up to the reality of the housing emergency. Up until the end of 2014 it only built 1,252 new units nationally, compared to 15,000 units built between 2007-2010. This is the primary cause of this emergency. I have been fighting for greater investment in housing in Kildare to tackle this crisis head on. Unfortunately the Government has not been proactive on this issue and has allowed a major crisis to emerge as a result.
“The most worrying aspect is the fact that the housing crisis is accelerating year on year. The figures we have obtained clearly show this. However despite this the Government is seemingly more interested in prioritising tax cuts for the rich rather than investing in housing and public services.
“We have to start getting to grips with it by building homes that families want to live in. Fianna Fáil is proposing a new national housing roadmap to build 150,000 new homes by 2021 including 45,000 social housing units. I am urging the Government to give strong consideration to our fully costed plans,” said Cllr O’Rourke.