Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (500, 501)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

500. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of persons currently on the housing waiting list for the Ballymun and Finglas area of Dublin city. [8295/13]

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Dessie Ellis

Question:

501. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of persons currently on housing waiting lists for local authorities across the State; the reason they were assessed as having a housing need; and if he will provide a breakdown by local authority and the number of applicants currently waiting over five years and over ten years respectively. [8296/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 500 and 501 together.

My Department does not hold information on the number of households on local authorities’ waiting lists. This figure continuously fluctuates as households are allocated housing and new households apply for housing support. Detailed information on the latest statutory assessment of housing need which was carried out in March 2011, including a breakdown by authority and category of need, is available on my Department ’ s website – www.environ.ie, or on the Housing Agency’s website at www.housing.ie.

Section 21 of the 2009 Housing Act replaces previous provisions in relation to the statutory assessment of housing need and all housing authorities have been directed to provide a summary report of social housing assessments under this provision as at 30 April 2013. The findings from these summaries will be published in the autumn.