Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (682)

John Curran

Question:

682. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of the local authority housing build target of 6,545 units for 2019 to be provided under headings (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25544/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Earlier this year, I met with local authority Chief Executives to discuss the progress made in their local area, in terms of delivering on the social housing targets set under Rebuilding Ireland. Ambitious targets for this year have been set for each local authority, full details of which are available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at:

http://rebuildingireland.ie/news/social-housing-targets-2019/.

In 2019, it is intended that some 6,545 homes will be delivered for social housing households under various build programmes. The following table sets out the breakdown under the build programme for 2019, as requested.

Delivery Breakdown Requested

Number of units

Additional information

Local Authority New Build

3,294

Includes all local authority new build activity, direct and turnkey, and also new build homes delivered under regeneration schemes

Local Authority Part V

600

AHB Build

1,688

Includes new build delivery under CAS and CALF

AHB Part V

660

Includes new build delivery under CAS and CALF

LA Voids restored to active use under DHPLG Voids programme

303

While local authorities may return a higher number of Voids to active use under the programme, the number of homes which will count against build targets has been capped for each local authority at a maximum number.

CALF- Capital Advance Leasing Facility/ CAS- Capital Assistance Scheme

New build output through local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) will continue to increase over the remainder of the Rebuilding Ireland programme and beyond. The target for 2020 is to deliver an additional 7,736 build units, rising to 8,907 in 2021. Over the lifetime of the Plan, Rebuilding Ireland aims to deliver some 33,617 additional homes through build activity, over 12,400 of which had been delivered to end Q1 2019.

This growing build activity complements other social housing delivery programmes which are being implemented in parallel, including Acquisitions, Leasing, the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme and the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS). In total, just under 78,000 additional households have been supported through the various delivery mechanisms since 2016.