Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (681)

John Curran

Question:

681. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of HAP and RAS units in each local authority; the average HAP and RAS payment being made in each local authority in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25543/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

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 2019 has increased the Exchequer funding for the HAP scheme to €422 million. This will allow for the continued support of existing HAP households and also meet the needs of the additional 16,760 households targeted under Rebuilding Ireland to be supported by HAP in 2019, as well as supporting the roll-out of the Homeless HAP Place Finder Service across the country.

Limerick City and County Council provides a highly effective HAP transactional shared service on behalf of all local authorities. This HAP Shared Services Centre (SSC) manages all HAP related rental transactions for the tenant, local authority and landlord. At the end of Q1 2019, there were more than 45,900 households in receipt of HAP support and over 27,000 separate landlords and agents providing accommodation to households supported by the scheme.

Details of the number of active HAP tenancies and the average monthly landlord payment at the end of Quarter 1 2019, are set out in the following table:

Local Authority

Active tenancies End Q1 2019

Average Landlord Payment

Local Authority

Active tenancies End Q1 2019

Average Landlord Payment

Carlow County Council

707

€554

Cavan County Council

301

€455

Clare County Council

1,332

€465

Cork City Council

2,167

€774

Cork County Council

3,427

€737

Donegal County Council

1,727

€394

Dublin City Council

2,594

€1,292

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

437

€1,359

Fingal County Council

1,436

€1,340

Galway City Council

1,465

€807

Galway County Council

1,052

€711

Kerry County Council

1,002

€516

Kildare County Council

2,042

€921

Kilkenny County Council

866

€578

Laois County Council

715

€581

Leitrim County Council

223

€414

Limerick City and County Council

2,219

€584

Longford County Council

297

€408

Louth County Council

2,786

€846

Mayo County Council

1,158

€506

Meath County Council

1,804

€937

Monaghan County Council

555

€490

Offaly County Council

862

€515

Roscommon County Council

370

€457

Sligo County Council

677

€506

South Dublin County Council

2,657

€1,230

Tipperary County Council

1,772

€492

Waterford City and County Council

1,826

€513

Westmeath County Council

716

€559

Wexford County Council

1,131

€527

Wicklow County Council

1,036

€1,005

Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE)*

4,556

*n/a

* The average monthly landlord payment for tenancies set up by the DRHE are recorded against the individual local authority.

Data for the years 2011 to 2018 on the number and cost of tenancies funded under the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) scheme is available on my Department's website at the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/social-and-affordble/overall-social-housing-provision.

The most recent RAS data reflects the number of tenancies in place at end March 2019, when there were a total of 18,697 tenancies supported under the scheme.

I am providing €134.3 million to support the cost of RAS in 2019 and this funding will go towards supporting 600 additional RAS tenancies targeted to be achieved by local authorities in 2019 and the ongoing cost of supporting continuing RAS contracts in place at the beginning of 2019. It is not possible to accurately predict the number of tenancies that will be supported by RAS at the end of 2019 as numbers in RAS vary as contracts end, tenants move on to other properties, landlords join or withdraw from the scheme, new tenancies are allocated or vacancies in contracted units are filled.

HAP and RAS continue to be key vehicles in meeting housing need and fulfilling the ambitious programme outlined under the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.