Sinn Fein says budget housing policies are a failure

Sinn Féin has described the housing policies in the budget as a failure, as it emerges as one of the key talking points.

The government put a big focus on social housing builds in budget 2020.

A 500m euro fund for direct building of social housing was the central pillar of a €3.1 billion euro overall budget yesterday.

But it’s been criticised by the opposition.

Just €110m euro has been put aside for affordable housing with no clear targets of builds.

An extension of the help-to-buy scheme was confirmed

But there’s little new in this budget for the majority of renters.

Meanwhile the Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Trade Promotion Robert Troy believes the Budget will protect lives and protect livelihoods.

The Longford-Westmeath TD feels that due to Brexit and the pandemic – the government has tried its best to bring some certainty to the challenges facing small and large companies.