Donegal peaks in number of social housing turndowns

 

It’s emerged Donegal County Council has seen the highest number of social housing applicants turn down an offer of housing on more than one occasion.

The county had 129 instances of multiple refusal from 61 applicants since 2016.

New figures obtained by Journal.ie show local authorities nationally have suspended more than 350 applicants for social housing from their waiting lists for refusing the offer of a home more than once in the past three years.

Figures obtained by The Journal.ie from 28 of Ireland’s 31 city and county councils has shown Donegal ranks highest when it comes to instances of multiple refusal from social housing applicants.

Under current rules, applicants are suspended from their local authority’s social housing waiting list if they refuse an offer of a house more than once in a 12 month period. The suspension lasts for year.

It’s emerged Donegal County Council has seen the suspension of 70 applicants since 2016, the joint-highest along with Dun Laoighre-Rathdown Co. Council.

In that period, Donegal County Council recorded 129 instances of multiple refusal from 61 applicants.