Social housing income thresholds are unfair

Cllr Mary Bohan
The income allowances for those seeking social housing have been described as ‘unrealistic’ and ‘unfair’ with a maximum income level of just €27,500 for families with two adults and two children.

The income allowances for those seeking social housing have been described as ‘unrealistic’ and ‘unfair’ with a maximum income level of just €27,500 for families with two adults and two children.

Cllr Mary Bohan has asked the Local Authority to write to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to amend the current restrictive income threshold for Local Authority housing applicants

She noted the threshold for a single applicant is €25,000 and for two adults it is €26,250 and it is a similar amount for an adult with two children.

“How would anyone on these sort of incomes or near these incomes house themselves?” she asked

“These are totally unrealistic thresholds. We are already seeing a situation where it is nearly impossible to get a mortgage and anyone who is earning close to the Local Authority thresholds won’t be able to avail of private rent, never mind a mortgage.

“These limits, introduced in 2011 are too low and they are causing serious difficulties.”

Her motion was unanimously passed and Leitrim County Council’s CEO agreed that the levels were very low but said “our (the Council’s) hands are tied”.