At present 89 local authority houses are lying empty in County Longford despite the fact that 1,322 people are currently on the waiting list, according to figures released by Longford Co Council. The Council attributed the discrepancy between the figures to “reduced funding being available to Longford County Council”.
Currently, it is taking an average of seven weeks to rehouse local authority housing tenants in County Longford. This is significantly lower than the national average which shows that some local authorities are taking up to five months to re-let council houses even though there are over 100,000 people on the list nationwide.
A major report into the state’s spending on local authority housing says that people are refusing offers of a home because they feel that an area is “undesirable”. The report went on to suggest that people who refuse two ‘reasonable’ offers of a home should be forced to suffer “substantial penalties” including moving further down the waiting list.
To read this story in full, see this week’s Longford Leader.