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Housing waiting list in Limerick falls by 1,500 people

Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan says there is 'no way' the waiting list could have fallen by 1,500 people

Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan says there is 'no way' the waiting list could have fallen by 1,500 people

  • by Nick Rabbitts
 

THE local housing list has fallen by more than 1,500 people after the council sent out letters asking people to update their circumstances.

But northside councillor Maurice Quinlivan has cast doubt on this drop - and has called on the local authority to launch an investigation.

In March 2013, there were 3,898 people waiting for a home in Limerick City.

But this number now stands at 2,208, and it comes after the housing department sent letters out asking people whether they still needed social housing.

With City Council building so few homes during 2013, Cllr Quinlivan believes this drop is not credible.

“There is absolutely no way there could be such a dramatic drop,” he said, “It is clearly the fact that forms were sent out to people and either did not get them, or did not return them. I would imagine if anyone did get a form asking them if they were to remain on the housing list, they would have completed it and sent it back.”

Cllr Quinlivan has repeated his call on the council to resend these letters out, after his initial appeal at the housing meeting last week fell on deaf ears.

He fears that people could go back to the bottom of a long waiting list - and wait 12 weeks before their application form is even processed and added to the list.

He said: “The council has a duty of care to these people who have went down, filled in forms and got the information they needed to be on the list, and who now find they are not on the list.”

A spokesperson for Limerick City Council confirmed a housing needs assessment was done last May.

“For that process, we notified everybody approved on housing list to update info. We sent out reminders to people, and contacted the Department of Social Protection to make them aware this was under way,” she said, “We found in many cases that people had moved on, leaving the area entirely.”

The spokesperson said that anyone who wanted to resubmit their application form would have their position on the waiting list reviewed.

But she ruled out the re-sending of all the forms, pointing to the high cost of postage.

People are asked to contact the council if they have concerns, at 061-407100.

 

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