Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (46)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh


46. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the rationale for the cut of €58 million from the housing budget, including €15.3 million from local authorities and €14.4 million from approved housing bodies, respectively, in the context of almost 112,000 applicants on the housing waiting lists and increasing difficulty for rent supplement and RAS recipients, given higher rents and increased minimum contributions. [44843/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

In terms of the delivery of social housing, the Government's housing policy statement, published in June 2011, clearly identifies that the priority for Government will be to meet the most acute needs of households applying for social housing support. The process of framing Budget 2014 involved making difficult choices given the overriding need to make the fiscal adjustments required to support exit from the EU-IMF Programme. The Abridged Estimate for my Department, published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Expenditure Report 2014, provides €525.8 million in respect of the Housing Programme. These resources have been supplemented by a further €50 million announced in the Budget to fund infrastructural investment primarily in the housing area, including €30 million to recommence a State house building programme; €10 million for an unfinished housing estate resolution project; and €10 million for housing adaptation grants. When taken together funding for housing for next year is effectively maintained at 2013 levels.