Respond! launched its tenants complaints policy Friday 30th August 2013 at a Personal Debt Seminar which took place in the National Library of Ireland. Speaking at the seminar was Noeline Blackwell of FLAC who spelt out the Impact of indebtedness on an adequate standard of living while Vincent P Martin from New Beginning explored the recent developments and positive changes in Irish Insolvency Law.
Noeline Blackwell, Director General from FLAC stated:
“Although the government has binding legal commitment to the people in our society as well as the economic commitments to complete the troika programme. The obligations to our society are as immediate and as important and must be firmly held in the forefront of government’s mind. Those commitments include a commitment to an adequate standard of living. Over-indebtedness is a poison that tends to erode this right”
While Vincent P. Martin Co-Founder and Practicing Barrister from New Beginning believes that:
“The basis of this new insolvency system is the recognition that, in market economies, individuals go broke. There is no moral judgment here – it is just a fact of life. But individuals can now be allowed return to normal life, become economically viable again and play their role in contributing to the creation of new jobs. To do so, this will mean debt restructuring (otherwise known as debt write-down)
Respond! therefore calls on the Government in the run-up to Budget 2014 to review the effect that its policies are having or the sector and in particular their impact on the sectors ability to secure private investment finance.