Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Questions (92)

Niall Collins

Question:

92. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he has had contact with South Dublin County Council on the need for additional funding for the Council Housing Programme; if he appreciates the need in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4544/16]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Social Housing Strategy 2020 sets out this Government’s vision and ambition to work in tandem with local government and other stakeholders to bring a real response to the delivery of new social housing.

Under the Strategy, I have set substantial targets and allocated matching funding resources for the delivery of social housing by local authorities, including by South Dublin County Council. These targets for the period out to 2017 were set for each local authority area last April and can be seen at the following link: http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/Housing/News/MainBody,41016,en.htm.

Since issuing these targets, I have announced new social housing construction and acquisition projects to the value of approximately €680 million so far, including projects proposed by South Dublin County Council. Details of these projects are available on my Department’s website at the following links:

http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/Housing/News/MainBody,41340,en.htm

http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/Housing/News/MainBody,42225,en.htm

http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/Housing/News/MainBody,44104,en.htm.

My Department is in ongoing contact with representatives of South Dublin County Council, including through their participation in the Dublin Social Housing Delivery Taskforce, which was one of the core elements of the governance structures I established under the Social Housing Strategy. This contact will continue in pursuit of the delivery of the targets and funding provision for the local authority under the Strategy.