Call for new income limit for families seeking houses

Danny Healy-Rae: Wants income limit lowered

A KERRY TD has called for a review of the income limit for families applying for social housing.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae insists that the existing limit should be raised to give families a better chance of getting a home of their own and he has raised the matter with Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

“Several housing applicants are unfairly being thrown off the housing list due to the unfair income limits. A couple with three children applying to Kerry County Council can only have an income of €33,750 or less which is only €2,750 more than a single person housing applicant,” he explained.

“This is very unfair and it discourages families from working as they end up worse off if they do so,” the Kerry TD added.

He has also asked for those families in receipt of the working family payment – formerly known as family income supplement – should not have that allowance not be taken into account as, in many instances, it puts families over the income limit when they need this payment to survive.

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