RESPOND! LAUNCHES TENANT COMPLAINTS POLICY AT INDEBTEDNESS SEMIN

Ned Brennan, Respond! Chief Operations Officer and Independent Appeal Panel Members; Donal Connolly; Retired County Manager; Waterford Co. Council Lorraine Lally; Practising Barrister-at-law  Patrick Cogan, ofm Respond!, Chief Sarah-Jane Hillery; Practising Barrister-at-law Ruairi De Burca; Practising Solicitor and Matthew Merrigan; Retired Civil Servant at Personal Debt Seminar which took place in the National Library of Ireland.

Ned Brennan, Respond! Chief Operations Officer and Independent Appeal Panel Members; Donal Connolly; Retired County Manager; Waterford Co. Council Lorraine Lally; Practising Barrister-at-law Patrick Cogan, ofm Respond!, Chief Sarah-Jane Hillery; Practising Barrister-at-law Ruairi De Burca; Practising Solicitor and Matthew Merrigan; Retired Civil Servant at Personal Debt Seminar which took place in the National Library of Ireland.

30/08/2013
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RESPOND! LAUNCHES TENANT COMPLAINTS POLICY AT INDEBTEDNESS SEMINAR
PIC SHOWS: (l to r) Ned Brennan, Chief Operations Officer, Respond! Housing Association, Donal Connolly; Retired County Manager; Waterford Co. Council (and Independent Appeal Panel Member), Lorraine Lally; Practising Barrister-at-law (and Independent Appeal Panel Member), Patrick Cogan; OFM Chief Executive Officer; Respond! Housing Association, Sarah-Jane Hillery; Practising Barrister-at-law (and Independent Appeal Panel Member), Ruairi De Burca; Practising Solicitor (and Independent Appeal Panel Member) and Matthew Merrigan; Retired Civil Servant (and Independent Appeal Panel Member) at today’s Personal Debt Seminar which took place in the National Library of Ireland.
Respond!  Ireland’s leading housing association launched its tenants complaints policy this morning Friday 30th August 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! in launching its Tenants Complaints Policy has called on the Government to develop a National Tenant Complaints Policy under the auspices of the Ombudsman office. Respond! is actively seeking much needed investment finance to fund the delivery of social housing at a time where local authority housing waiting lists are at an all-time high. While Respond! is supportive of Government policy,  new initiatives such as the Private Residents Tenancy Board and the Local Property Tax will cost Respond! in excess of €400,000 per annum. These new costs undermine the sectors ability to raise private investment finance to fund the delivery of much needed new social housing units. Respond! Housing Association has consistently expressed its concern at the impact of these taxes on the financial viability of housing associations nationally.
Respond! therefore calls on the Government in the run-up to the 2013 budget to review the effect that its policies are having on the sector and in particular their impact on the sectors ability to secure private investment finance.
 
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About Respond!
Respond! Housing Association is Ireland’s leading housing association and has provided more than 5,200 units of accommodation nationwide. The housing charity seeks to create a future for people by alleviating poverty and creating vibrant, socially integrated communities. Respond! does this by providing access to education, childcare, community development programmes, housing and other supports.
 
For further information, please contact: 
Ned Brennan
Ned Brennan
Chief Operations Officer
Respond! Housing Association,
Tel: 0818 357901
Mobile: 086 2382751
Web: www.respond.ie