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Monaghan County Council confident it can "double or triple" Housing for All targets

Oct 13, 2021 13:10 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan County Council confident it can "double or triple" Housing for All targets Monaghan County Council confident it can "double or triple" Housing for All targets
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The Local Authority says it was on course to double this target but for the pandemic.

Monaghan County Council says it is confident it can "double or triple" its Housing for All targets.

Councillors received an update from the Housing Department on the Local Authorities objectives regarding the Housing for All Plan at a recent County Council meeting.

However, concern was expressed about the Housing Assistance Payment.

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Monaghan County Council's Housing Officers told the meeting that the Local Authority was "90% ahead" of the targets set in the 2018-2021 Rebuilding Ireland plan.

The Local Authority was tasked with delivering 226 homes under Rebuilding Ireland, but delivered 436 dwellings in this period.

The council says it was on course to double this target but for the covid pandemic.

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As a result of this, the council has "local targets that are more ambitious" than those of the government.

The Local Authority has been set a target of 361 dwellings between 2022 and 2026.

However, subject to funding, the County Council hopes to deliver over 700 homes.

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While councillors praised the Local Authority's Housing Department, concern was expressed over the Housing Assistance Payment.

Councillor Sean Conlon noted that a single person on HAP "is only entitled to around €300", while he says a two-bedroom dwelling in Monaghan Town can cost up to €900 to rent.

He said this "doesn't add up" and successfully passed a motion calling on the County Council to seek increases in HAP.

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