The Government’s landmark housing policy, due to be published next week, has been delayed until the autumn.
Housing for All, the framework which will determine the shape of housing policy for the coming years, was due to be published on Tuesday next.
However, a spokesperson for Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said the launch of the policy was being put back in order to allow for more work to be done on the package of reforms next month.
“Work is continuing on the Housing for All plan. It’s a multi-annual plan, to 2030, and a fully funded plan with a number of Departments feeding into it and this work will continue throughout August,” a spokeswoman for Mr O’Brien said.
It’s understood the new likely date for publication is the end of August, or early September.
The plan envisages a raft of new policies to tackle homelessness, affordable home ownership, public and social housing and reforms to the rental sector, including the development of the cost rental sector.
Several key pieces of legislation, including the affordable housing bill and the Land Development Agency bill, were passed by the Oireachtas before it rose for the summer break. Government sources said the monetary allocation for the housing for all plan has also been agreed with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
‘Not insurmountable’ issues
A senior Government source said a cross-departmental group, chaired by Martin Fraser, the secretary general of the Department of the Taoiseach, will meet next week to finalise elements of the plan.
That group includes the secretaries general of several of the largest government, Departments including finance, DPER, Justice, Enterprise and Social Protection.
Work will continue at official level over the summer before publication. Sources said elements still to be concluded focused on the development of rural towns and rural Ireland in general, sustainable retrofitting and planning reform. The issues are “not insurmountable”, a source said.
Cabinet is also set to approve work done on expenditure by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for each Department next week, including housing, which is seen as a key element that has to be in place before the plan is launched.