Friday January 24, 2020

Fianna Fáil: invest in houses, not HAP

New units would add to the state’s national housing stock

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

8th December, 2019
Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Darragh O’Brien

Fianna Fáil has claimed the state should invest in “bricks and mortar” and build new council houses instead of lining landlords’ pockets with Housing Assistance Payments (HAP).

Councils around the country will pay €423 million in HAP to 28,000 private landlords this year on behalf of 48,000 low-income households.

The average HAP payment paid across the country to landlords is €829 per month, or €9,948 per year. Over 21 years, this works...

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