“More oversight of Voluntary housing bodies needed” say TD.


Voluntary sector rent charges higher than many local authorities claims Brid Smith TD.

Tenants face 1000 euro per year difference between local authority and voluntary housing rents”

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith has said that the rent charged by some voluntary housing agencies was out of synch with that charged by  local authorities  and needed firmer Government regulation. The deputy claimed that tenants cannot appeal rent rises by their voluntary agency to the RTB and effectively there was no control or oversight over these agencies.

In one case, Cluid had raised a tenants rent by 20 euro a week giving the tenant no right to appeal and the RTB are powerless to even examine the rise.

Bríd Smith TD said: “These tenants are dependent of social welfare, this represented a 38% increase in rent, and their incomes haven’t risen by anything like that. This is over 1000 euro for the year for people on very limited incomes.”

When the deputy raised the issue with Cluid and highlighted the potential difficulty for tenants she was told that the tenants should approach social welfare if they had difficulties managing.

“I find the response quiet shocking, this and other agencies are effectively funded heavily by the state to take tenants from the local authority waiting list yet seem immune to any oversight on the rent charged they levy.”

Both Rebuilding Ireland and other plans envision a larger role for voluntary housing bodies in the provision of social housing. “Given that” said Deputy Smith “we need much firmer legislation governing this sector, their rents charged and other issues. At the moment the legislation only talks about reasonable rent and sets a minimum charge but no upper limit.”

To add insult to injury, in the case highlighted, the local authority method of calculating these tenants’ rents would mean a lower rent for their tenants. Voluntary housing tenants are taken from the same waiting lists as that used by Local Authorities.

Deputy Smith stated that Cluid had changed the method of calculating their rent levels with no rights to appeal from tenants. “This is of particular concern as these agencies take their tenants from the local authority waiting lists, yet if this case is anything to go by, vulnerable tenants on social welfare could be paying 1000 euro more per year if they get a voluntary housing unit as opposed to a local authority unit. That can’t be acceptable.”

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Brid Smith speaking in the Dail, July 5, on bin charges.


I spoke in the Dail last night and reminded the Minister of the rotten history of these charges…privatisation, loss of waivers, increasing costs and illegal dumping, and crucially – the profits of the operators who registered off-shore to hide how much they make off us. I put the PBP proposal: Fund local authorities to run the services. Meantime – an immediate price freeze before abolotion of all charges.

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Bin charges set to soar in the great bin rip off

Bin charges set to soar in the great bin rip off

New charges proposal a “blank cheque” for waste companies to boost profits

People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has said that the recent announcement that the government are set to ban flat bin charges fees will see a massive rise in charges.

According to the People Before Profit TD, the proposed changes are purely devised to facilitate the profiteering of the waste collection industry.

Previously in the Dáíl, Deputy Smith likened the waste collection industry as something akin to the Sopranos. Read more ›

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Varadkar guilty of Double Standards on public sector pay

People Before Profit TD claims Varadkar guilty of Double Standards on public sector pay

Varadkar supports equal pay for cabinet members but not for teachers

Workers told they must accept poor deal while ministers jockey for position and big pay increases

People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of gross hypocrisy over the treatment of ordinary public servants compared to the treatment of Junior Ministers and in the appointment of Máire Whelan.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stated today in the Dáil that he supported the idea of cabinet members receiving the same pay.

Bríd Smith slammed the statement saying “it is quite breath-taking that a politician that has constantly denied the right of equal pay for equal work for public servants such as teachers can claim that principal for his own cabinet colleagues”. Read more ›

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The Irish Catholic of 8th June misrepresents my statement on the Mother and Baby Homes debate in the Dail on June 1st. They do so by quoting Micheál Martin of Fianna Fail who accuses me of “intolerant populism”. The same Micheál Martin argues that I show total disrespect for the tens of thousands of Catholics for whom their religion is a source of comfort and strength.

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Psychiatric detention of pregnant girl shows urgent need to repeal 8th amendment

Sectioning of girl the latest outrage caused by 8th amendment and the PLDP act says Brid Smith TD.

Comments by Varadkar example of politicians’ cowardice on this issue says TD.

People before Profit TD Brid Smith says that the news of the sectioning of a young girl who wanted a termination and was possibly suicidal because of the pregnancy, shows the urgent need to repeal the 8th amendment and scrap the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

Deputy Smith says this latest case is “yet another example of how these inhuman and cruel laws are used to treat woman as second class citizens and deny them basic autonomy over their bodies.”

“This case yet again highlights the urgency of the Dail Committee on the Citizens’ Assembly completing its work as quickly as possible and allowing the people a referendum on repealing the 8th amendment”. Read more ›

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Dail statement on mother and baby homes, June 1 2016

Brid makes the point that survivors of of church-run mother and baby homes have yet to be compensated for the horrors they experienced and the blight on their lives, and that no criminal prosecution has begun  of any of those responsible. She further agues that the most fitting tribute to the memory of the women and babies who suffered at the hands of the church, would the separation of Church and State forthwith.

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People Before Profit TD Brid Smith welcomes announcement from Sisters of Charity

Today’s announcement from the Sisters of Charity that they are withdrawing from the boards of three hospitals, in particular from the new National Maternity Hospital is a historic move and a vindication of the tens of thousands who protested to have the church removed from the running of the new facility. Read more ›

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Brid Smith TD in Dail on housing crisis and failed government policies

WHAT SORT OF SOCIETY ARE WE LIVING IN? The robber bankers walk free, two hundred thousand empty properties while homeless children sleep in the park. Meantime our government and the media focus on the beauty contest between two failed ministers. And none of them will support progressive legislation to address the housing crisis.

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Brid Smith TD on Vincent Browne programme – war, terrorism, FF and Seanie Fitzpatrick

Brid on the Vincent Brown programme 23.5.17. Selected clips.

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