Sterling job there Mr Noonan. A fifth of the renters in the country paying 40% net income on rent. 25% of peopel afraid of losing their homes, rising to almost 40% in Dublin
This is the the result of deliberate government policy. It makes me so bloody angry. The citizens of the country that the government is supposed to be serving are instead used economic units to be milked as much as possible, to bail out the banks and the property-owners, with no regard for their mental health or wellbeing.
In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, having a roof over your head is one of the most basic human needs. When between 25 and 40% have a fear of losing their homes it is an absolute disgrace.
I’m really starting to hate this shower more than FF, their callous disregard for the populace is stunning in its arrogance.
This housing crisis is never going go away you know. What would people do with all their free time. No surveys to conduct, no charities to fundraise, no advertising spends on the radio, no slot for marian, joe, snoozetalk, no politicians to lobby and vice versa. The world would be such a dull place. I love it now. I feels just like 2001. Almost a hundred thousand in need of housing. I’ve never felt more growth potential in my waters. Fast track planning is what we need. Tax incentives to build more homes oh god I feel like we coudl race ourselves back to the top. How about it? Are you with me?
It’s good to move away from the focus on homeowners though. The last few years the papers have been full of stories of people about to lose “their homes”, despite the fact it seems to be taking a good few years for anything to happen to mortgage holders, when low paid private tenants are in reality a much more vulnerable group.
The new Social Housing plan is exactly what we do not need. What we do need is private housing that people can afford. People don’t need hand outs, what they need is a hand up (and a bit of a push) so they can provide for themselves instead of relying on the state. The current proposals only provide a further disincentive for people to leave benefits in favour of low paid employment
The only reason we were spending less than 40% of our income on rent was because we’re living in one of the least “desirable” areas in Dublin.
Luckily Mrs Gaius found work shortly after but we stayed where we were to try and save cash.
I find your “critical analysis” unhelpful. I don’t know how you work in this town. Ha! You probably even pay your mortgage on time too. Where is the solidarity in that with those who can’t afford too, I ask you! We need a new beginning and we need more Government to solve more problems as quickly as possible and we need to hire the best and pay them double so we don’t loose the investment and suffer brain drain.
Interestingly enough I was at a conference last year where a speaker talking about the tenements of 100 years ago in Dublin stated that the spend on rent was about 10-15% of the average/expected wage of a manual worker at that time.
What has changed in the interim is the relatively lower cost of the other necessities-food, fuel, clothing etc…
Low wage earners will always be screwed by the market.
The lack of supply driving rent up is having a drastic a knock on effect throughout the market
Those that could once afford a room in a house share can now only afford a bed in a twin/triple room(check this market on daft, it’s truly depressing)
Those that could once afford a studio/bedsit can only afford a room in a house share
Those that could once afford a one bed can now only afford a studio/bedsit
You’d need to be taking home €30K PA+ to afford live in a studio in D6 at the current market rate of €650pcm and still try have some form of a social life and make some meagre savings.
What a joke - so tell me OW who should I show my solidarity too - those who can’t pay their mortgages and remain in their homes, those who cannot pay their rents and are heavily subsidised?
Or shall I just keep working, pay my rent, shut my mouth and nod when a crisis is defined as a 25 year old able bodied man/woman collecting 188 euro a week, living in a little one bed apartment in town that’s being paid for by taxpayers - crisis indeed.