Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (45)

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

34 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of persons on local authority housing lists at the latest date for which figures are available; the way in which this figure compares with the corresponding figure for the equivalent dates in each of the previous five years; the number of local authority dwellings completed or acquired in 2002 and 2003; the anticipated number for 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7143/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I assume that the question refers to the years 2003 and 2004. The results of the statutory assessment of local authority housing need, which was undertaken by local authorities in March 2002, indicated that a total of 48,413 households were in need of housing, compared with 39,176 households in March 1999. Detailed information on the results of the 2002 assessment was published in my Department's September 2002 quarterly edition of the Housing Statistics Bulletin, copies of which are available in the Oireachtas Library.

The Sustaining Progress special initiative on housing and accommodation reflected the Government's expectation that the resources available in 2003 allowed for the needs of about 12,000 households to be met through the various social and affordable housing measures. A similar level is expected to be achieved again in 2004. This compares with almost 8,500 households in 1998. Local authorities completed or acquired 5,074 units in 2002 and almost 5,000 units in 2003. At this stage, it is estimated completions and acquisitions will be approximately at the same level in 2004.