Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (770)

Bernard Durkan


770. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of housing applicants on Kildare County Council's approved housing list; if those on the list for ten years are being accommodated; the extent to which those that have recently become homeless are likely to be accommodated in parallel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10119/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Details on the number of households qualified for social housing support in each housing authority area are provided in the statutory summary of social housing assessments, SSHA. The most recent SSHA carried out in 2017, details the number of households on all local authority waiting lists as at 28 June 2017.

The results of the SSHA are available on my Department’s website and include breakdowns by each local authority across a range of categories. The 2017 report also includes the results of the 2016 summary for comparative purpose. Full details in relation to the 2017 assessment are available on my Department's website at the following link:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/sha_summary_2017.pdf .

The SSHA is now being carried out an annual basis. I expect the results of the 2018 summary to be available for publication later in the year.

Local authorities are by law, Section 63(1) of the Local Government Act 2001, independent in the performance of their functions. This means that the provision of social housing support is entirely a matter for the local authority concerned in accordance with its allocation scheme. It is the local authority which assesses housing applicants, taking into account factors such as the condition and affordability of existing accommodation, medical and compassionate grounds, etc. The authority then prioritises the needs of approved applicants in accordance with its allocation scheme. Housing authorities may prioritise certain classes of households for allocation on the basis of severity of need as they see fit.

Oversight and management of the lists of qualified households awaiting accommodation, including the allocation and transfer of tenancies, is a matter for the relevant housing authority in accordance with Sections 20 and 22 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and associated social housing assessment and social housing allocation regulations.

Question No. 771 answered with Question No. 764.