Kick Out the Old Folks and Make Room for the Young Says Irish Economic Institute

Solve Ireland's Housing Crisis by Removing the Elderly Their Homes

 

Kick Out the Old Folks and Make Room for the Young Says Irish Economic Institute

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Economic Institute Suggests The Elderly Should Move From Their Homes to Help with the Housing Crisis

A report investigating the housing shortage in Ireland has found that the crisis might be improved by incentivising the elderly to downsize their homes.

The research, titled “Housing and Ireland’s Older Population”, was compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), and found that a high proportion of older people live alone in houses with extra rooms.

The ESRI said that some 30% of older couples live in houses with seven or more rooms, and then went on to say that encouraging them to downsize might help with the housing shortage.

The inhumanity of the Economic and Social Research Institute is laid bare for all to see. What do they suggest when there are not enough houses? Kick the old people out of theirs! This is rather like trying to solve the problem of there not being enough hats by going around and cutting off a few heads!

Many elderly people both in Ireland and throughout the developed world suffer from isolation and loneliness and in most cases, the last thing needed is to uproot them from their own homes and their own communities.

Head of advocacy and communications at Age Action, Justin Moran, has also noted that

“An older person selling their home and seeking to downsize is going to be competing against first-time buyers looking for their starter homes.

“The very people this initiative is designed to help could find themselves priced out of the market,” Moran stated.

Sign this petition urging the ESRI to recognise the debt that we owe to the elderly, many of whom are our parents and grandparents. The ESRI is presenting an impractical and inhuman solution to a very real problem – there must be something else that can be done!

http://www.thejournal.ie/esri-housing-report-older-people-2647307-Mar2016/

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/study-suggests-downsizing-by-older-...

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Housing and Ireland's Older Population - We need a better solution

Dear Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute, Mr Alan Barrett,

I am contacting you in regard to a recent publication of yours – Housing and Ireland’s Older Population – where you suggest that one way to alleviate Ireland’s housing shortage is to incentivise some of the elderly population to leave their own homes.

This indeed is one solution to the housing crisis: not enough houses to go around so why not remove he elderly from theirs? Such a “solution” however utterly fails to show the respect and compassion that we owe to an entire generation many of whom are our parents and grandparents.

Many elderly people do not wish to be uprooted from their own communities and those places which they know and love best.

I urge you therefore to abandon these suggestions and search for a less inhuman alternative.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Kick Out the Old Folks and Make Room for the Young Says Irish Economic Institute

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