At the last council meeting Melisa’s attempt to have a discussion about the housing crisis facing Dún Laoghaire Rathdown was removed from the agenda. This was a blatant move to sweep the issue under the carpet. Saying that we will not talk about it does not mean the problem goes away.
The Government has announced that it will build no more council houses! Delivery of social housing will now be by an extension of the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) and long-term leasing. These schemes will see councils rent houses and apartments at market value from a landlord and use it to house someone from the housing list. The tenant then pays a rent to the council. The length of the lease will be three, five, ten or twenty years.