That Seanad Éireann:
• the most recent Central Statistics Office’s (CSO) Survey on Income and Living Conditions that shows the number of households suffering deprivation has risen from 24.5 per cent in 2011 to 30.5 per cent in 2013 and the number living in consistent poverty has risen from 6.9 per cent to 8.2 per cent;
• the CSO also shows that the levels of deprivation and persistent poverty among one parent families are even worse as number of one parent families suffering deprivation has risen by 13.7% in just one year to 63.2% in 2013 and the number living in consistent poverty rising from 17.4 per cent to 23 per cent in the same period
• The consistent rise in poverty, deprivation and hardship amongst families in Ireland that has resulted up to 5000 families and children being homeless and housed in temporary accommodation across our cities and towns.
• The policies that have created a situation whereby the latest statistics from 2013, show that 12 per cent of children (aged 0-17 years) are living in consistent poverty - up more than 137,000 from 9.9 per cent in 2012 and double the 6 per cent figure of 2008.
Calls for :
• Urgent action to be taken to reduce the number of children being housed in emergency hotel accommodation
• All local authorities to prioritise renovations to houses that need refurbishment so that children can be taken out of emergency hotel accommodation
• Funding to be made available to implement the recommendations from the All Party Committee on housing particularly to enable short term and coordinated actions to be taken to deliver more housing for families
• an emergency building programme to directly build as a matter of urgency more social and affordable housing
• to increase rent support to a level that ensures no one is made homeless or forced into poverty by unaffordable accommodation cost
[Fianna Fáil Senators]