Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (868)

Aindrias Moynihan

Question:

868. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when a person (details supplied) will have full access to the Cork City Council choice-based letting system and be able to view and bid on houses in their area of preference. [30034/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The day-to-day operation of social housing allocations to eligible applicants, including applications under the Choice Based Letting system (CBL), is a matter for the relevant local authority.

I am advised by Cork City Council that CBL is the primary method of allocation in that area.  I understand that applicants who were previously in areas of Cork County and, who following the boundary change, have transferred into Cork City, have been given user names and passwords to access the City Council’s Choice Based Letting (CBL) system. In addition, the City Council has undertaken to facilitate any new users who require assistance in using the system.

Local authorities are by law (Section 63(1) of the Local Government Act 2001) independent in the performance of their functions. As Minister, I am precluded by Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 from intervening in relation to the decisions made by local authorities in the provision of social housing support in relation to any individual application whether through CBL or otherwise.