Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (223, 224)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

222 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of families rehoused by the various local authorities in each of the past five years on foot of funding provided by his Department or from other sources; the extent to which the number of families on the housing lists has increased or decreased in this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27688/04]

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Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

223 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans to meet the housing needs of families on housing waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27689/04]

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 and 223 together.

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, of which 32,891 were households consisting of two or more persons. The total social housing output for the years 2000 to 2003, taking account of new local authority housing, vacancies arising in existing houses and output under other social housing measures, met the needs of over 8,600 households in 2000, 11,500 households in 2001, 12,700 households in 2002 and 13,600 households in 2003. It is anticipated that in 2004 the housing needs of around 13,000 households will be met.

I also refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 44 and 45 on today's Order Paper.

Question No. 224 answered with QuestionNo. 80.