People living 'in squalor' due to crisis
Families are living 'in squalor' in rented accommodation as Wexford's housing crisis deepens, the Borough Council was told.
Sinn Féin councillor Anthony Kelly won unanimous support for a motion calling on the Minister for Housing to introduce new measures to tackle housing lists.
'Young people are being told go home and live with parents or rent in the private sector,' he said. 'The Government has failed in its duty to provide social housing by cutting funding and not maintaining an adequate housing programme.'
Cllr David Hynes said hardly any new houses are being built in Wexford and very few are being purchased. 'Where is the long-term planning,' he asked.
'It's disgraceful that the Government has a nil programme with regard to housing,' said Cllr Fergie Kehoe. 'We now have people living in squalor in a number of areas around the town because the rent allowance they are allocated is not sufficient to get them decent accommodation.'
Cllr Padge Reck said the housing crisis is becoming so bad that the council will soon be 'putting up tents in the car park for people to live in.' 'I'm fearful for the sanity of people,' he said.
'We need houses, we need flats. We need to provide people with a roof over their heads,' he said.
Cllr Paddy Nolan said he feels powerless when people ask him about council housing. He said: 'This Government hasn't put a halfpenny into housing. Go into private accommodation – that's the message coming out loud and clear.'