Thursday, 20 September 2018

Questions (248, 249)

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

248. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount spent on the social housing current expenditure programme in each of the years 2011 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38231/18]

View answer

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

249. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of units on the social housing current expenditure programme in each of the years 2011 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38232/18]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 248 and 249 together.

The Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP) supports the delivery of social housing by providing financial support to local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) for the leasing of houses and apartments. The SHCEP budget funds the ongoing current costs of homes delivered using a variety of different delivery mechanisms through the Housing Leasing Programmes under Rebuilding Ireland, including Direct and Enhanced Leasing, the Capital Advance Leasing Facility (CALF) and the Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS). Dwellings made available under the programme are used to accommodate households from local authority waiting lists.

Details of the total number of dwellings operational under SHCEP at the end of each of the years 2011 to 2017 are provided in tabular form. Data for end Q1 2018 is published on my Department's website at the following link:

https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/social-and-affordble/overall-social-housing-provision.

Data for end Q2 2018 is currently being collated and will be published shortly.

Year

Dwellings operational under SHCEP

2011

2,496

2012

3,701

2013

4,600

2014

5,622

2015

7,099

2016

8,366

2017

10,152

In total, it is estimated that an additional 21,100 dwellings will be incrementally supported under SHCEP in the period from 2018 to 2021. This includes dwellings to be sourced through long-term lease arrangements from a range of different sources, the Repair and Leasing Scheme and properties which will be delivered by AHBs through a combination of the support under my Department's Capital Advance Loan Facility (CALF) and private borrowings, including from the Housing Finance Agency (HFA).

The annual cost of SHCEP to the Exchequer is made up of the continuing cost of supporting existing tenancies and contracts in place at the end of the previous year together with the additional cost of the new tenancies and contracts supported over the course of the year to which the allocation relates. Exchequer funding of €115m is available for SHCEP in 2018. Details of the funding drawn-down by local authorities under SHCEP from 2011 to 2017, and up to Q1 2018, are provided in tabular form.

Period

SHCEP Expenditure

2011

€13,817,464

2012

€20,814,526

2013

€27,362,6145

2014

€34,844,780

2015

€42,275,724*

2016

€54,028,752

2017

€84,050,743

2018 (Q1)

€14,016,737

*Of this figure, a total of €7,933,651 was self-funded by local authorities using funding from their RAS Reserve.