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Dublin City Council has run out of money to refurbish vacant social units

6 December 2019

Statement by Cllr Alison Gilliland

Cllr Alison Gilliland, Labour Party Councillor and Chairperson of DCC Strategic Policy Committee for Housing said:

"At Thursdays meeting of the Dublin City Council's Strategic Policy Committee for Housing we learned that DCC had run out of funding to refurbish empty social housing units or voids as they are called.

"Refurbishing units left vacant due to a tenant passing on or moving to another tenancy is one of the quickest wins when it comes to accommodating those on our social housing waiting lists or those waiting in emergency homeless accommodation."

"It's incredible that the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Minister aren't more on top of ensuring that there is no shortfall in funding for void refurbishments given the current crisis and ever increasing homeless family figures."

"It's also incredible that the Department only funds just over half the costs of DCC void refurbishments instead of the full cost. This proves that money is an issue when it comes to putting a safe, secure roof over the heads of our most vulnerable"