ACCA cautions that the building sector is at near full capacity and these measures could be inflationary
—Liz Hughes, ACCA Ireland

In response to today's Budget Liz Hughes, Head of ACCA Ireland, says

'Measures announced by the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, TD, to address supply in terms of the property shortage, including allocating substantial resources to the problem, are welcome. However, ACCA cautions that the building sector is at near full capacity and these measures could be inflationary. 

'Crucially, the measures to be implemented by the government are unlikely to impact the cost to build, and any land other than historic stock of land remains uneconomic to develop. However, the measures to encourage the release of “hoarded land” are to be welcomed.

'The Minister has made it clear that it is a priority to get people into homes, however, the inflationary effects of the measures being proposed could wipe out any benefits, as the new homes may become increasingly unaffordable. 

'Experience tells us that any intervention in the building sector is fraught with risk. In terms of skilled workers, the construction industry is almost at full capacity and any increase in activity within the sector may increase the cost of building.

'This is all being funded by tripling stamp duty for commercial property, which will increase the cost of such property, repositioning Ireland as one of the highest jurisdictions in Europe in terms of commercial stamp duty, and will ultimately reduce the attractiveness of Ireland for Brexit related FDI.'



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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. 

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