Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (422, 488)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

422. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of persons who have transferred from the rent supplement scheme to the rental accommodation scheme in 2012 and 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5385/14]

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Dessie Ellis

Question:

488. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of persons currently on the rental accommodation scheme; and if he will provide a breakdown based on local authority area. [5620/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 422 and 488 together.

The Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) commenced in late 2005 and to the end of December 201 3 some 47,911 households have been transferred from Rent Supplement to RAS and other social housing options. In 2012 there were 5,451 transfers with 4,701 transfers in 2013.

My Department does not hold information on the number of households in RAS at any given time. Numbers in RAS constantly vary as contracts end, tenants move on to other properties, landlords withdraw from the scheme, new tenancies are allocated or vacancies in contracted units are filled.