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BALLYFERMOT CREDIT Union is one of two branches that has launched a new Micro-Credit scheme in an aim to curb moneylenders.
The pilot scheme launched by Tánaiste Joan Burton will be available to people receiving social welfare payments. TD for the Ballyfermot area Michael Conaghan has welcomed the introduction of the scheme in which loans of up to €2,000 will be available at Ballyfermot and Rathfarnham credit unions.
Ballyfermot Credit Union Branch Manager Declan Duggan stated they were delighted to be taking part in the scheme.
“We are all well aware of the penal interest rates charged by moneylenders, both legal and illegal, in local communities. This pilot scheme will highlight that the credit union is a real option for people who are on social welfare in our area.”
He continued, “The target audience for the scheme are those who are excluded from mainstream credit. Essentially, the aim is to offer small loans to those using or considering using a money lending service. An eligible person can apply for a loan of between €100 and €2,000.”
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Mr. Duggan added, “The Central Bank estimates about 360,000 people are using moneylending services – not taking into account unlicensed operators. Interest charged on loans from moneylenders can be 290 per cent or even higher. The maximum interest rate which credit unions can charge is 12 per cent (12.68 per
cent APR).” Mr. Duggan concluded
that it would hopefully keep people “out of the clutches of money lenders.” If successful the scheme will be available nationwide next year.
Deputy Conaghan (Labour) stated, “The lack of access to low-cost credit for individuals on low-income households has long been a cause of concern. This scheme will provide local, easily accessible and low-cost loans to those who need them.”
“This, I believe, will ease the financial burden imposed on parents at this time of year and I would urge members of the credit union to avail of this scheme rather than alternative moneylenders.”
Ballyfermot and Rathfarnham Credit Unions are part of a group of 30 who applied to be included in the Personal Micro Credit Project scheme around the country.
Ballyfermot Credit Union can be contacted for more information on (01) 6265458.
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10,000 social and affordable houses for South Dublin and homeless crisis in the County has never been worse.
‘The only solution to this crisis is to pro- vide people with homes. This means that central govern- ment must start fund- ing large scale social and affordable hous- ing provided by local authorities and hous- ing associations.
‘Last Friday Sinn Féin launched our re- sponse to the housing crisis. The 37 page pol- icy document, Better 4 Housing, outlines Sinn Féin’s commit- ments on social hous- ing, the private rental sector and the private for purchase market.
‘At the centre of our proposals is a 15 year plan to fund and build 100,000 social and affordable Coun- cil houses across the state. These houses would not only meet the need of those fam- ilies on council wait- ing lists. It would also reduce the pressure on the private rental and first time buyer markets resulting in
reduced rents and house prices.
‘South Dublin County Council has 10% of the state’s housing need. As part of the Sinn Féin plan we believe Govern- ment should fund a programme of 10,000 social and affordable houses in the County.
‘Sinn Féin in gov- ernment would ini- tially fund a programme of 3,000 social and affordable houses in the County, to be delivered by the Council at an approxi- mate cost of €525m. The funding would come directly from the exchequer.
‘Fine Gael and Labour want to fritter this money away in tax cuts for the wealthy. Sinn Féin has a different set of prior- ities; we want to end the housing crisis.
‘Additional units would also be pro- vided through Hous- ing Associations and from private units purchased via Part V of the planning acts.
‘Our new housing
policy also calls for tighter regulation of the private rental sec- tor including the link- ing of rents to the Consumer Price Index and limiting the grounds on which landlords can issue Notices to Quit. Rent certainty and security of tenure are vital if people living in the private rental sector are to be properly pro- tected.
‘We are also com- mitting to increase central government funding to address the homeless crisis by €30m and to reform- ing all state supports for people living in the private rental sector.
‘Sinn Féin’s com- prehensive housing policy outlines a fully costed 15 year plan for transforming the dys- functional housing system into a modern housing system with provides all people with good quality, se- cure and affordable accommodation irre- spective of their in- come.’
SINN Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has said that Sinn Féin’s new housing policy com- mits the party to fund- ing 10,000 social and affordable housing units for South Dublin County Council over 15 years with 3,000 of
these being delivered in the first six years .The document, Better 4 Housing, was launched by Mary Lou McDonald TD, Dessie Ellis TD and Cllr Eoin Ó Broin.
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THE IVEAGH Trust has entered into an agreement with Dublin City Council to provide 70 apartments for Senior Cit- izens in Ballyfermot. The social housing body has secured €8.3 million in funding through private finance in partner- ship with the Department of the Environment under the So- cial Housing Leasing Initiative. Annamore Court will be constructed on the former Canon Troy Court site next to the Chapelizod Hill Road. The dated Canon Troy Court apart- ments contained bed-sits not suitable for modern living. The project is a welcome development in Ballyfermot and may help to free up homes on the housing waiting list. It is hoped that the new Annamore Court will be completed by early 2017.
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