Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (110)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

110. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide in detail by local authority, the number of houses to be built under the capital programme for social housing; the number of houses to be acquired from the National Asset Management Agency for the purposes of social housing; the number of units to be funded in co-operative housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4925/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

In terms of delivery of new social housing in 2014, I expect the final output across all social housing programmes to be in the region of 5,000 new housing units. I recently indicated a return to modest levels of new social housing construction over the next two years. I expect up to one thousand new starts over that period. Some 400 of these will be delivered under the local authority housing programme, 250 will be delivered by Approved Housing Bodies and 350 new homes will be provided under regeneration. I will be making more detailed announcements with regard to each of these measures, and the individual projects to be advanced, in due course.

My Department and the Housing Agency will continue to work with NAMA in identifying suitable housing units and bringing them into social housing use. My Department and NAMA have set a delivery target of 500 units, through all funding mechanisms, for 2014.