Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Sean Fleming


331 Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the criteria and guidelines used by his Department or local authorities in assessing a housing applicant's income in order to determine if the applicant is eligible to be included on the local authority housing list. [3922/03]

There is no general income threshold set by my Department for eligibility for local authority housing. Local authorities are responsible under the Housing Act 1988 for assessing housing needs in accordance with their scheme of letting priorities. In making this assessment, local authorities have regard, inter alia, to the income and family circumstances of the applicant. Persons who are, in the opinion of the local authority, unable to provide housing from their own resources are eligible for local authority housing.