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Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 9 May 2013

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Questions (150, 151)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

150. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide, in tabular form, the amount of Exchequer funding provided to voluntary or co-operative housing organisations operating here in 2012; and if he will provide the amount of such funding that is allocated for these organisations in 2013. [22049/13]

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Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

151. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will outline, in tabular form, the percentage of homes in the social housing stock that are managed by each of the voluntary or co-operative housing organisations; if he is satisfied with the level of input by this sector in the provision of social housing; the number of housing units brought on stream by these organisations in 2012 and to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22050/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 150 and 151 together.

My Department’s role in relation to the voluntary housing capital funding schemes relates primarily to the provision of funds to support the annual construction and housing acquisitions programmes by the sector. It is a matter for the relevant housing authority to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the schemes, and to have appropriate oversight and liaison arrangements in place for the effective administration of the schemes and for ensuring that the investment in voluntary housing is safeguarded.

At the end of 2012 a total of 25,371 units of accommodation had been provided by approved voluntary and co-operative housing bodies under my Department’s capital funding schemes since the inception of the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) in 1984 and the Capital Loan and Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) in 1992. Exchequer funding of €1.3 billion was provided under the CAS for the provision of some 15,262 units of accommodation for persons with specific categories of housing need such as older people, the homeless and persons with a physical, intellectual or mental health disability.

Under the CLSS, mortgage finance was provided to approved housing bodies by way of loans from the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) to meet the cost of providing social rented accommodation for low-income families. At end 2012, approved housing bodies had provided some 10,109 units of accommodation and loans to the value of around €1.4 billion had been drawn down from the HFA. The CLSS was terminated in 2009 and expenditure in respect of projects over the period 2010 to end 2012 relates to projects at construction or approved to commence construction prior to the decision to terminate the scheme.

In 2012 My Department recouped some €58 million to Local Authorities (LA’s) in respect of voluntary and co-operative projects progressed under the CAS Loan charges and management and maintenance allowances of over €68 million were recouped to LA’s in respect of accommodation provided under the CLSS. Earlier this year I announced capital allocations to local authorities under the CAS amounting to some €38.5 million. Detailed information in relation to the amounts of CAS funding recouped to each of the AHB’s across all local authorities in respect of the CAS for 2012 is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible. It is not possible at this stage to indicate the likely drawdown of CAS funding by individual AHB’s over the course of 2013.

A number of AHB’s have entered into service level agreements with local authorities for the management and maintenance of social housing units which may be either leased or owned by the relevant authority. Details of these arrangements and the numbers of properties involved are not available in my Department.

In 2012 677 units of accommodation were completed under the Capital Funding Schemes by AHB’s. Data in relation to local authority housing stock, including completion figures for the voluntary and co-operative housing programmes funded by my Department, are available on my Department’s website, www.environ.ie .

Data for the first quarter of 2013 will be available shortly. A breakdown of the numbers of units provided across all local authorities under the CAS and CLSS schemes from 1984 to end 2012 is set out in the following table:

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No. of Units

CAS 1984-2012

No. of Units

CLSS 1993 - 2012

CAS only 1984 - 1992

2,691

-

CAS and CLSS 1993-2012

-

-

Carlow

187

254

Cavan

125

48

Clare

203

131

Cork

844

585

Donegal

533

420

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

543

372

Fingal

381

598

Galway

359

171

Kerry

402

169

Kildare

366

469

Kilkenny

437

137

Laois

212

271

Leitrim

64

44

Limerick

572

101

Longford

112

173

Louth

190

694

Mayo

409

193

Meath

206

180

Monaghan

211

76

Offaly

133

270

Roscommon

98

25

Sligo

237

237

South Dublin

263

992

Tipperary N.R.

233

132

Tipperary S.R.

262

390

Waterford

125

139

Westmeath

202

0

Wexford

230

284

Wicklow

265

85

City Councils

-

-

Cork

656

249

Dublin

2,465

1651

Galway

292

182

Limerick

335

99

Waterford

419

288

 TOTALS

15,262

10,109

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