In a statement this morning, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit Alliance, has expressed outrage that the Housing Bill, passed this morning will remove tens of thousands of families and individuals from housing lists across the country.
Deputy Boyd Barrett said the government’s housing bill, introduced by Labour Party Minister for Housing, Jan O Sullivan, is a shameful betrayal by Labour of those who voted for them and is in effect the wholesale privatisation of all future social housing provision.
Deputy Boyd Barrett who first warned of the government’s intention to effectively abolish council housing lists and privatise social housing provision in July 2011 and the inevitable housing crisis that would follow warned that there would be “absolute outrage and disbelief” among families and households on the list as the news filtered out over the coming months that the list no longer existed.
Richard Boyd Barrett said: “The Labour Party has stabbed their supporters in the back with this Housing Bill. Many of the Labour TD’s and councillors built their reputation and support around the issue of council housing and now, in one fell swoop they have abolished the housing lists and privatised social housing. Once again we see the Labour Party introduce Fine Gael policy in their legislation, they should be ashamed of themselves.
The Minister’s promise of a “transfer list” for those who they are removing from the housing list is just preposterous. The legislation makes it absolutely clear that the only people who will get council houses in the future are those with disabilities or special needs.
Families waiting up to 15 years to be housed in a council house will now discover that their years waiting have simply been expunged and that they will never get a council house of their own. There will be blue murder when the news of what is being done here filters out.
We have been organising protests on this issue both in Dun Laoghaire and across the city and we will be organising Housing Action Campaign meetings across Dublin to co-ordinate resistance to the government’s disastrous housing policy”.