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A Sligo councillor says inadequate payments under the Housing Assistance Payment, or HAP, scheme and a reluctance of some landlords to accept tenants who are on the scheme, are two of the main problems facing people on low incomes as they search for housing. Solidarity People Before Profit Councillor Gino…

Sligo County Council is to call on the government to increase the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) to reflect current rental costs. It’s claimed that hard pressed renters in the Sligo area are now unable to find accommodation in the town for less than €850 per month. Austin O’Callaghan reports: https://filedn.com/lglCaxamfnlV2gaMY6rU7tH/News%20Clips%202020/Council%20Voicer%20Austin%20lunch%2011012021.mp3

A Sligo/Leitrim TD has told the Dail that people in the Northwest in receipt of the Housing Assistance Payment are struggling to find accommodation. The scheme was introduced in 2015 in response to the escalating housing crisis and provides temporary accommodation for homeless families in privately provided rental properties. The…