Policy Forum for Ireland Keynote Seminar taking place March 2017

Declan Dunne CEO with Respond is speaking at the Policy Forum for Ireland Seminar on 29th March 2017 taking place at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8 examining the challenges in social and private housing following Rebuilding IrelandIt follows the launch of the ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ Action Plan on housing and homelessness, which seeks to increase the delivery of homes in Ireland, and the funding allocated to housing in the recent budget.

Delegates will consider the five pillars of the action plan – including addressing homelessness, accelerating social housing, building more homes, improving the rental sector and utilising existing housing – and assess the challenges to implementation, particularly focusing on cost and construction issues within the private market, waiting lists for social housing and the limits to government spending through capital funding.Those attending will also assess the priorities for Government, particularly in relation to initiatives such as the First Time Buyers Scheme, the Rental Stategy, and the allocation of increased funding for social housing.

For this conference we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of the Oireachtas, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with representatives from banking, finance and the law, the construction sector, landlords and tenancy groups, local authorities,  housing associations and approve housing bodies.

The keynote address for this seminar will be delivered by a senior speaker from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.