Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (427, 440)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

427. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide a breakdown on a Dáil constituency basis of the number of persons on social housing waiting lists, specifying numbers waiting five years and more and ten years and more. [12962/13]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

440. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will indicate by county or local authority the number of persons currently awaiting rehousing by the local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13051/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 427 and 440 together.

My Department does not maintain a record of the number of households on local authority waiting lists, which changes from day to day according as households are allocated housing and other households apply for social housing support. A breakdown by housing authority of the last point-in-time assessment of housing need, carried out in March 2011 under the Housing Act 1988, is available on my Department’s website at www.environ.ie and the Housing Agency’s website at www.housing.ie. Social housing assessments are now carried out by housing authorities under section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and I have directed authorities, under section 21 of that Act, to provide a summary of these assessments as at 30 April 2013. The findings from these summaries will be published in the Autumn.