Aaron Byrne,  Labour Party Local Area Representative for Kells has called for the Housing Assistance Payments, (HAP) to be raised

He told Meath Live,

Aaron Byrne , Labour Local Representative Kells

“Already, five years have passed without the HAP limits being raised. Over this time rents have increased hugely. :

“Renters are being left out in the cold by this government. They are paying extortionate fees to keep a roof over their head. Meanwhile, the pace of inflation has totally outstripped wages meaning most renters are barely just making ends meet.

“The fact that we continue to rely on the private market for social housing is also having huge consequences for people and the government continues to ignore this ticking time bomb.

“We know that people are topping up with rates they can’t afford. There is also a huge lack of available properties under the HAP limits throughout the country.

“The housing system is not sustainable. Government knows this and multiple reports have confirmed the same. Ireland’s two-tier society is driving people into homelessness, it’s eroding people’s morale and it has created a situation where many people are working to barely get by.

“In a modern society, people should at the very least expect secure and affordable housing. An ambitious public housing programme needs to be at the core of this with sustainable and realistic social housing.”