CSO Reclassification Risks Moving the Goalposts for Housing Associations that are Delivering 1/3 of all new Social Housing

– The Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government heard from representatives from the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) today who have called for a cross-departmental team to be established to work alongside housing association to ensure the CSO/Eurostat classification does not derail our social housing delivery programme –     Speaking at today’s Joint Committee […]

Housing federation fears chasing water bill arrears will distract from providing new social housing

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH), the national federation of non-profit housing associations who manage up to 27,000 homes for families and vulnerable groups, has expressed its concern at the inclusion of provisions in the new Water Charges Plan which will force landlords to hand over the deposits of tenants to Irish Water should they […]

Minister Kelly announces major reforms of the planning process

Socially Progressive Part V Requirements, Vacant Site levy & ‘Use it or Lose it’ Planning Permissions –       Estimated addition of 4,000 social housing units by 2020   Mr. Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (2 October, 2014) announced major reforms of the planning system as part of the forthcoming Planning […]

Social housing providers battle to revive their housing programmes

Housing associations from across the country came together at the Irish Council for Social Housing AGM today (Thurs) to discuss the future of social housing provision for the sector. Between 2008 and 2011, there was a 75% increase in housing need, from 56,000 to 98,000 households however at the same time, from 2009, housing output […]

Housing Federation welcomes set up of NAMA company to fast-track purchase of social housing

Mr Donal McManus, Executive Director of the Irish Council for Social Housing, reacted to the news ‘The establishment of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be crucial in accelerating the transfer of properties for social housing. To date transfers have comprised a circuitous route involving a range of stakeholders such as borrowers, lenders, receivers and NAMA’. […]

€100m funding boost for social housing

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has welcomed the announcement of €100m for social housing by Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan T.D.   ICSH Executive Director Donal McManus said ‘Our members across the country have housing projects awaiting funding which will meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our society’. He added, ‘The […]

Communities join together to celebrate European Neighbours Day

People across Ireland came out in force on Friday 1st June to host a fun day of celebrations to mark European Neighbours Day. The special day, promoted by the Irish Council for Social Housing, aims to bring neighbours and local people together and encourage community links. The European event spans 33 countries, with over 12 million […]

Enormous Challenge Ahead for Social Housing Providers

Budget 2012 has delivered yet more difficult news for vulnerable households in need of social housing. Non-profit housing associations will be affected by both capital and revenue funding cuts which make the challenge of delivering social housing for vulnerable groups more difficult. The capital funding budget has been reduced yet again by 23% as well […]