In our Election 2016 Briefing the ICSH (Irish Council for Social Housing) as the national representative federation of 270 non-profit housing associations asked all election candidates to ‘pledge’ support for a number of simple solutions to effectively address many obstacles to housing delivery as well as contribute to a more sustainable housing system.
The Office of Government Procurement wishes to bring to your attention a new Framework Agreement for Integrated Design Team Services to support the ‘Social Housing Strategy 2015 - 2020: Support, Supply and Reform’. The Framework may be used by all local authorities in Ireland and Approved Housing Bodies.
The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has called for the new government to take immediate action to stem the flow of families into homelessness.
This includes the provision of at least 2,000 additional homes through NAMA for social housing by 2020.
Availability and access to good quality, secure and affordable housing is a central focus for Election 2016. The true scale of the current housing market is not only reflected in the housing waiting lists and homelessness figures but as a broader issue encompassing households forced out of the rental market e.g. those living in overcrowded accommodation, young people unable to move out of the family home, key workers, older and disabled people in inappropriate accommodation.
The DECLG has announced that the annual Management and Maintenance allowance paid annually by local authorities to approved housing bodies for CLSS funded properties will remain the same for the year from 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016 and subsequent years until further notice. These rates are €436 per unit in areas to which the general cost limit applies and €543 per unit in the administrative areas where higher cost limits apply.
The ICSH is pleased to announce that its updated Governance and Housing Management Toolkit is now available for members in the Members’ Section of this website. The toolkit updates and consolidates the previous ICSH Guide - Working for Good Governance (2008) and also includes additional advice and policy guidance in areas such as board governance and renewal, housing management policies and tenant services.
The ICSH were delighted to form part of the launch of a new lending initiative offered by the HFA specifically targeted at Tier 2 or Tier 3 AHBs which are not currently approved Certified Bodies. The product launched is tailored to AHBs with lending requirements from a minimum of €250,000 up to €1,500,000 and is specifically tailored towards property acquisitions.
The implementation of the Social Housing Strategy is being hampered by significant infrastructural issues, which are not being dealt with quickly enough. That’s according to Dr. Donal McManus, CEO of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH), who was speaking today (30.11.15) at the organisation’s AGM.
Government today announced measures to increase housing supply and stabilise rents in the private rented sector. Full details are available on the DECLG website: http://www.environ.ie/en/Publications/DevelopmentandHousing/Housing/File...
A summary of the main aspects of the budget relating to social housing and supports is provided below. The ICSH provided a response noting the reaffirmation of the commitments in the Social Housing Strategy noting the absence of any effective short term solutions on rent certainty, increase of the rent caps etc. to address the current crisis in the private rented sector.