Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (423, 424)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

435 Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of persons on the rental accommodation scheme here; and if he will provide a breakdown based on local authority area. [34472/12]

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Joanna Tuffy

Question:

502 Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of tenants transferred from rent supplement to the rental accommodation scheme by local authorities; if he will provide a breakdown by county or local authority and in particular regarding an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35350/12]

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 435 and 502 together.

Since the scheme commenced in 2005 and up to the end of May 2012, local authorities had transferred a total of 39,910 households from Rent Supplement. Of these 23,269 were housed directly under the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) and a further 16,641 were accommodated under other social housing options.

Good progress is being made in implementing the RAS and to date authorities have accommodated close to 40,000 households nationally.

The following table sets out the position by local authority since 2005.

Local Authorities (Housing)

Total RS transfers to Voluntary, Unsold Afford. and Private to end May 2012

Total No. of RS cases socially housed to end May 2012

Total RS cases transferred to Private/Voluntary/Unsold Affordables and socially housed to end May 2012

Carlow Co. Cl.

518

213

731

Cavan Co. Cl.

429

329

758

Clare Co. Cl.

498

254

752

Cork City Cl.

1,064

1,021

2,085

Cork County Cl.

1,323

1,301

2,624

Donegal Co. Cl.

631

1,471

2,102

Dublin City Cl.

2,564

705

3,269

Dublin South Co. Cl.

1,517

1,191

2,708

Dun/Rathdown Co.Cl.

640

585

1,225

Fingal Co. Cl.

1,103

891

1,994

Galway City Cl.

886

377

1,263

Galway Co. Cl.

579

302

881

Kerry Co. Cl.

844

645

1,489

Kildare Co. Cl.

571

611

1,182

Kilkenny Co. Cl.

743

355

1,098

Laois Co. Cl.

280

185

465

Leitrim Co. Cl.

135

103

238

Limerick City Cl.

769

167

936

Limerick Co. Cl.

518

273

791

Longford Co. Cl.

400

103

503

Louth Co. Cl.

323

885

1,208

Mayo Co. Cl.

1,041

348

1,389

Meath Co. Cl.

362

333

695

Monaghan Co. Cl.

318

189

507

Nth Tipperary Co. Cl.

502

258

760

Offaly Co. Cl.

317

267

584

Roscommon Co.Cl.

473

366

839

Sligo Co. Cl.

579

213

792

Sth Tipperary Co. Cl.

720

461

1,181

Waterford City Cl.

732

380

1,112

Waterford Co. Cl.

334

287

621

Westmeath Co. Cl.

442

205

647

Wexford Co. Cl.

661

974

1,635

Wicklow Co. Cl.

453

393

846

Total

23,269

16,641

39,910

On the whole, I am satisfied that the Rental Accommodation Scheme is meeting its objectives. My Department meets regularly with housing authorities and continues to emphasise the importance of promoting the scheme.