Ann Marie O’Reilly & Marcella Stakem #Rent Ep.72

This Reboot Republic Podcast talks with Ann Marie O’Reilly, Policy Officer with housing rights and tenant support charity Threshold and Marcella Stakem, Social Policy Development Officer with the St Vincent De Paul.

Ann Marie and Marcella are Authors and researches of the new report and survey ‘Housing Assistance Payment (HAP): Making the right impact?’ carried out jointly by the two charities. We discuss the HAP, is it working, the issues of housing distress, such as the gap between Housing Assistance Payments and rents in the private rental sector that is putting more families at risk of homelessness, lack of controls over the standard of accommodation accessed by tenants, the need for enforcement and a shift to building of social and affordable housing rather than over-relying on the private market.

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