The Government must increase the minimum income threshold of people allowed to avail of social housing to avoid people being forced into a ‘poverty trap’, according to Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

Councillor Kilcoyne wants the threshold for minimum entry to social housing increased, to help households with two partners earning minimum wage, avail of social housing.

The Independent Councillor says these people are stuck in a ‘poverty trap’ as they earn too much to be put on the county’s social housing list but, they also earn too little to take out a mortgage on a house.

The Castlebar Councillor attended Thursday’s meeting of the Castlebar Housing SPC and told Midwest News that social housing must be built in lieu of regulatory changes.

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