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.