8,081 on Council Housing List
A report presented to Cork City Council last night showed that there were now 8,081 eligible applicants on the social housing list, with hundreds more waiting approval.
Commenting on the report, Sinn Féin Cllr Jonathan O’Brien said it proved the council’s housing policy was failing.
“If no new applicants come on the housing list, it would still take more than twenty years to clear it at the current rate. Instead, hundreds more applicants are coming onto the list every month. This is a failure by any account.”
“We now have two contradictory classes of people on the housing list – those who are desperately hoping for an offer, often left waiting for years, and those hoping not to receive an offer because if they refuse it they will lose their rent allowance. This simply underlines the incoherence of our housing policy.”
“Cork Sinn Féin put forward a comprehensive housing policy to Cork City Council last July, and has consistently called for action on this accelerating crisis since. Today’s figures again show the urgency of the situation. We will continue to campaign on this issue until the council’s housing policy is thoroughly reformed.”
For further information contact Cllr Jonathan O’Brien @ 085-2133907