Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (28)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

28. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government where funding for the proposed €30 million social housing boost in the recent budget will be sourced from; how it will be allocated; and if there are any short, medium and longer-term deadlines for implementation of this scheme. [44834/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I expect the recently announced €30 million additional Exchequer investment in social housing to deliver up to 500 local authority homes for families on the housing waiting list. Approximately half of this investment will facilitate the construction of new infill housing developments in areas with a high demand for social housing. It is intended that €15 million will be invested in bringing vacant and boarded-up local authority houses back into productive use.

The detailed arrangements for the implementation of the two measures are being developed by my Department at present. I intend to announce these arrangements as soon as possible with a view to having the investment programme up and running as early as possible in 2014. My Department will be requesting local authorities to submit proposals for inclusion under both measures in due course.