Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (726)

Seán Sherlock


726. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the applications made by Waterford City and County Council to his Department for funding for housing over the past five years. [9472/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

As the Deputy will appreciate, my Department is in receipt of a large volume of applications for funding across a wide range of capital and current related housing programmes for all local authorities, including Waterford City and County Council. Therefore, my Department is not in a position to provide details of all applications over the past five years.

In relation to applications made, my Department has approved a range of projects for Waterford City and County Council and those in the pipeline can be viewed in the latest status report for social housing construction projects, as at end Q3 2017. This report contains key information on social housing construction activity in all local authority areas and is available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following weblink: http://rebuildingireland.ie/install/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Q3-2017-Construction-Status-Report.pdf.

The Q3 2017 report details 772 schemes recently completed, on site, or undergoing planning, design or procurement, which will deliver some 12,300 homes across all local authorities.

In overall terms, significant progress is being made under the Government's Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness. Over 7,000 new homes were brought into the active social housing stock through build, acquisitions, voids and leasing programmes in 2017. This is a 40% increase on what was planned for the year and a 24% increase over what was achieved in 2016.

Under Rebuilding Ireland, funding has been put in place to accelerate the delivery of social housing across all local authority areas, including Waterford City and County Council. €6 billion in exchequer investment has been secured to support its implementation and to deliver 50,000 social housing units through build, refurbishment, acquisitions and leasing, over the period to 2021.

Further updates on progress under Rebuilding Ireland can be viewed at the following weblink: http://rebuildingireland.ie/news-page/.

A wide range of social housing statistical information on the various housing schemes operated by local authorities is also available at the following weblink: