Income limits for social housing will increase in just five local authority areas from next month, rather than in all 31 as anticipated, the Department of Housing has confirmed.

The move to raise income thresholds for eligibility for social housing in counties Clare, Carlow, Laois, Galway and Westmeath — and not in areas with acute affordability issues such as Dublin and Cork — has been described as an “absolute disgrace” and “abandoning modest income families”.

Effective from 1st October, the ‘baseline’ income limit to be entitled to social housing and Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), will increase in those areas from €25,000 net annually to €30,000.

In the rest of the country, they will remain at between €25,000 and €42,000, depending on the local authority area and household size.

Mayo Sinn Fein Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh is furious with the decision not to include Mayo.

She has been telling Midwest News that there is no rhyme or reason to the Housing Minister’s frame of thinking.

 

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