Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: “I have no plans to increase a person’s minimum contribution under the rent supplement scheme, that is that a person is required to pay towards their accommodation from their own resources.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rent supplement rates will not be increased, the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has indicated. A review of rent supple(...)

Philip Irwin, president of ASTI; and Jeanne Barrett, chairwoman of CSPE teachers’ association

The civic-mindedness of secondary schools is being put to the test by the decision to reduce Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) into a sh(...)

Social housing needs

The scale of the shortage in social housing is so great that it will take many years to resolve. A good start was made in the budget, however, when i(...)

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced yesterday that the Government would contribute €1.5 billion in exchequer funding by 2017.

The Government plans to build 10,000 social housing units by 2018 as part of a €2.2 billion capital investment package that could include private sect(...)

Fr Peter McVerry: ‘whatever few bob are going to be given to [people who are struggling] in the budget are going to be taken back in water charges’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Social campaigner Peter McVerry has said he is “outraged” at the prospect of budget cuts to the top rate of tax.He accused the Government of planning (...)

“People who are under strain, if you ask them could they do with a few bob back in their pockets, it’s perfectly understandable that people would say yes,” Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said this morning. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said the results of the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll are “perfectly understandable(...)

As winter approaches and the number of homeless families continues to increase, particularly in Dublin, the problem of homelessness and of housing sho(...)

Fr Peter McVerry: called on Minister to increase rent supplement and bring in rent controls. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

The Government could control rents rather than leaving them to the markets, a conference on homelessness has been told.Impact general secretary Shay C(...)

Fr Peter McVerry has  said street homelessness could be ended in weeks with the provision of Nama properties, facilities and a number of appropriately qualified staff. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection is part of the homelessness problem “when it is meant to be part of the solution”, according to Fr Peter McVerry.T(...)

Up to 10 community workers will have their fees for the BA in housing and community studies paid under the scheme, which is being funded by an anonymous donor. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tackling the Dublin housing crisis effectively will require not just better planning but also the input of qualified professionals from the communitie(...)