Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (67)

Bríd Smith

Question:

67. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons joining local authority housing lists nationally in 2017; and when the volume of house building by public and approved housing bodies can be expected to deal with the waiting lists in view of the numbers in need of housing. [4582/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Details on the number of households qualified for social housing support in each local authority area, are set out in the statutory Summary of Social Housing Assessments.  The most recent summary, which was carried out in 2017, details the number of households on all local authority waiting lists, as at 28 June 2017.

The 2017 summary, which was published recently, shows that 85,799 households were assessed as being qualified for and in need of social housing support.  This represents a decrease of 5,801 households or 6.3% compared to the 2016 summary.

In terms of meeting the need of households on waiting lists across the country, Rebuilding Ireland set ambitious targets for social housing delivery.  Last year, an additional €500 million was secured during Budget 2018 negotiations, to increase the social housing delivery ambition from 47,000 to 50,000 social housing homes by end 2021. Combined with the target to deliver 88,000 tenancies under the Housing Assistance Payment  and Rental Accommodation Schemes, this means that we will meet the needs of over 138,000 individuals and families over the lifetime of the Rebuilding Ireland plan.

I recently published details of the 2017 provisional social housing outputs in 2017. During last year,  just under 26,000 households had their social housing need met, well ahead of the target of just over 21,000. It should be noted that to date under Rebuilding Ireland, just under 45,000 households have had their social housing need met. We will continue to maintain a clear focus  on delivery each year to 2021, ensuring that the ambitious targets set out in Rebuilding Ireland are fully achieved.