Annual HAP payments ‘will dwarf cost of Children’s Hospital within five years’

Conference told cost of supporting people in rental accommodation will exceed €1 billion by the end of next year and ‘may yet go further’

15th March, 2020
Annual HAP payments ‘will dwarf cost of Children’s Hospital within five years’
People I've spoken to estimate we will be paying the price of a new National Children's Hospital in HAP within the next five years, every year said Dr Dáithí Downey

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme could cost the state as much as the new €1.7 billion National Children’s Hospital annually within five years, it has been warned.

Established in 2014, the HAP scheme is a form of social housing support. It cost €400,000 in its first year. As part of Budget 2020, €497 million has been allocated toward for it this year.

Dr Dáithí Downey, head of housing policy and research with Dublin City...

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