Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (636)

Darragh O'Brien


636. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the average waiting time for completion of social housing support application processing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16602/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department does not hold the information requested.

Applications for social housing support are assessed by the relevant local authority who are solely responsible for the processing of such applications, in accordance with the eligibility and need criteria set down in section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and the associated Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011, as amended.

Regulation 12 of the 2011 Regulations prescribes the timescales for the processing of applications by local authorities and provides that, subject to conditions, a local authority shall deal with an application within a period of 12 weeks. Local authorities will prioritise housing needs assessments for those in greatest need and ensure that such applications are dealt with within timeframes that are significantly shorter that the statutory maximum.