Many more people will qualify for social housing under plans by the Government to increase eligibility thresholds by €5,000 across the country from next January.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed the move this morning, saying limits for most parts of the country had not increased for ten years other than in five counties.

He said this would allow many more people to qualify for eligibility for social housing and for the Housing Assistance Payment.

Opposition parties and housing charities have repeatedly called for a rise in qualifying income thresholds.

Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien is expected to make the announcement next week following agreement at the Cabinet sub-committee on Housing.

A review of social housing limits was conducted last year leading to a rise in five local authority areas last month.

From October first, baseline limits in Clare, Carlow, Laois, Galway and Westmeath went up from €25,000 to €30,000.

However, other parts of the country have not seen increases since 2011.

All 31 local authority areas, including the five counties, will see a rise of €5,000 from 1 January 2023.

A broader examination of the entire social housing model is also under way and is due to be completed next year.

The increases from January are seen as an interim measure.

Mr Martin was speaking at a Fianna Fáil councillors conference this morning, where housing is one of the main areas to be discussed.

He also said that the Government will take stock at the end of Spring on the cost-of-living crisis.

He said the €11 billion allocated in the Budget would get people through the Winter.

Asked about a report on the increase in calls for help by Cork-based charity, Penny Dinners, he said the Government would support organisations and people on the ground.

He also said that social welfare increases would kick in in January, in addition to the recent once-off payments.