Ordinary workers can no longer aspire to own their own home

New figures from the CSO show that house prices are spiralling out of the reach of ordinary workers, according to Social Democrats Housing Spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan.

“House prices in October increased by 13.5pc – the highest rate of increase in six years. This is a further increase on the 12.5pc spike we saw the previous month. These figures are further evidence that house prices are spiralling out of the reach of ordinary workers.

“Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien repeatedly states that he wants to restore affordability to the housing market. Where is the evidence of that? The housing market is red hot – and the Minister’s policy proposal to address this inferno is to pour more fuel onto the fire.

“The CSO figures show our dysfunctional property market is getting worse, not better. Ordinary workers can no longer aspire to own their own home. Many, cannot even afford to rent given the astronomical prices being quoted.

“My fear is that the situation will deteriorate even further when the Minister’s ill-advised Shared Equity Scheme commences, given a similar scheme in the UK was shown to fuel house price inflation.

“It’s not too late for the Minister to abandon this hare-brained plan and focus on a measure that we know will work to alleviate this dire situation – a determined State intervention in which public homes are built on public land.”

15 December, 2021

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