Thursday, 20 September 2018

Questions (250, 251)

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

250. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount spent on the housing assistance payment in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38235/18]

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Darragh O'Brien

Question:

251. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of recipients of the housing assistance payment since its inception; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38236/18]

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Written Answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 250 and 251 together.

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme is funded through a combination of Exchequer monies and tenant differential rents collected in respect of HAP tenancies. Budget 2018 increased the Exchequer funding for the HAP scheme to €301 million. This will allow for the continued support of existing HAP households and also enable the additional 17,000 households targeted under Rebuilding Ireland to be supported by HAP in 2018.

The expenditure on, and the number of households in receipt of, HAP on an annual basis are set out in the following Table.

Year

Additional Households supported at end of year

Expenditure €M

2014

485

0.394

2015

5,680

15.64

2016

12,075

57.69

2017

17,916

152.69

2018

9,083 (to end Q2 )

At the end of Q2 2018, there were 37,751 active HAP tenancies in receipt of payment and over 21,000 separate landlords and agents providing accommodation to households supported by the scheme.

I am satisfied with how the HAP scheme is currently operating and I consider it to be a key vehicle for meeting housing need and fulfilling the ambitious programme under Rebuilding Ireland. My Department will, of course, continue to keep the operation of the HAP scheme under review.