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