ICSH News

‘Denial of rent supplement is making independent living impossible for people with disabilities’ housing federation claims

‘Denial of rent supplement is making independent living impossible for people with disabilities’ housing federation claims

3rd October 2013

People with disabilities are being denied access to rent supplement by the Department of Social Protection which is affecting their ability to live independently in the community. The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH), the national representative federation for non-profit housing associations, has today expressed its frustration in trying to resolve the impasse between Government departments and the reluctance by the State to address this widespread and growing practice across the country.

Local Property Tax – Guidelines issued on exemptions for Special Needs Accommodation

The Revenue Commissioners have published guidance for approved housing bodies on criteria to be used for ‘special needs accommodation’ for exemption from the Local Property Tax . The document states that:

‘any property that has been funded under the Capital Assistance Scheme that is specifically approved for special needs accommodation by the relevant local authority will be exempt from the charge to LPT’.

 

Residential Tenancies Bill

The voluntary housing sector will be affected by the recently published Residential Tenancies Bill. The discussion around the impact of this bill on the sector is still ongoing. To discuss any queries or comments you have on this issue, please contact the ICSH on 01 6618334.

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

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’.

Mortgage to Rent Scheme will assist home owners facing repossession, says Housing Federation

Mortgage to Rent Scheme will assist home owners facing repossession, says Housing Federation

Mr Donal McManus, Executive Director of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) today stated‘The ICSH welcome the announcement regarding the Mortgage to Rent scheme which will assist those who are in serious mortgage distress facing repossession to stay in their family homes’. However, Mr McManus added, ‘there must be a sound financial basis to underpin the scheme in order to ensure its success’.

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