MORE than 70% of people in County Cork in receipt of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) are single or lone parents.
The latest figures from the council revealed that 31.34% of HAP households or 1,050 people are single or single sharing, whereas another 38.89%, almost 40% or 1,303 people are single parents with dependents.
22.45% or 752 people are single with one dependent, 11.04% or 370 people are single individuals with two dependents and another 5.04% or 181 people are single with three or more dependents.
In terms of location, the housing report issued by the council states that 22.72% of people or 761 HAP households are living in West Cork, while 16.60% or 556 individuals or families are living in Kanturk - Mallow.
15.85% or 531 households are in East Cork and 9.73% or 326 individuals or families are in Fermoy.
A further 9.16% or 307 households are in Kinsale and just over 10% or 337 individuals or families are in Ballincollig - Carrigaline.
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin TD for Cork South-Central Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has criticised the Government for doing nothing to help the current generation of people locked out of the housing market.
Mr Ó Laoghaire said: “The lack of action on affordable housing is a cause of considerable frustration. I am not terribly optimistic about the future either.
“It is difficult, particularly from my generation, to plan for the future when one cannot afford a mortgage, does not qualify for any State schemes and affordable housing is not within reach. One’s money is eaten up by extortionate rents, month on month.
“Rent is so expensive that it is difficult to see more than two or three years down the line. This creates a high level of insecurity and not enough is being done to address the issue.”