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30th May 2018 | Housing, Press Releases

Government grossly exaggerating housing completions by including ‘turnkey acquisitions’ in figures

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Reacting to the news that the Government have been including ‘turnkey acquisitions’ in their Rebuilding Ireland Local Authority build numbers, Green Party Councillor Patrick Costello has said the new figures show the Government are ‘grossly exaggerating’ the level of Local Authority building activity.

The Rebuilding Ireland reported 780 Local Authority builds in 2017. However, the actual build figure is 394 – with the remaining 386 were purchased from the private sector.

The Green Party have reiterated their call for more direct building of housing stock from Government and Local Authorities in response.

Speaking this morning, Councillor Costello said: “Including ‘turnkey acquisitions’ in housing reports as ‘completions’ creates an impression that the Government’s housing plan is working. When you dig down into it, these figures show the Government are grossly exaggerating the level of Local Authority building activity.

Including ‘turnkey acquisitions’ in housing reports as ‘completions’ creates an impression that the Government’s housing plan is working. When you dig down into it, these figures show the Government are grossly exaggerating the level of Local Authority building activity.

“Obviously, in some cases it is appropriate for Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) to acquire properties for social housing. Spinning these acquisitions as building activity by Local Authorities is not appropriate, though.

These figures also raise questions about the efficiency of the Government’s housing plan. The cost of purchasing homes, particularly in Dublin, is higher than direct builds on State owned land.

“These figures also raise questions about the efficiency of the Government’s housing plan. The cost of purchasing homes, particularly in Dublin, is higher than direct builds on State owned land. We have all  heard reports of the extortionate figures that developers are charging Local Authorities for Part V housing units in Dublin. It seems the Government are desperate to do everything except directly build social housing.”

11 Local Authorities, including South Dublin County Council, build no social housing in 2017.