The Housing Minister has moved to defend the Budget after charities warned it does not contain the actions required to address the crises in housing and homelessness.
The Minister for Finance announced a number of measures aimed at tackling the crises this afternoon – with the allocation of €2.3bn to the State’s housing programme for 2019.
Minster Donohoe said Government spending on housing in 2019 would be 26% higher than last year – with the total spend over the four years to the end of 2019 at €6.6bn.
However opposition parties and homeless charities voiced their disappointment with the plans – warning that the Budget is not the game changer required to address the housing crisis.
This evening, Minister Eoghan Murphy said 10,000 new social homes will come online next year and claimed 5,000 people will leave homelessness.
He said funding of €300m has been provided for
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