Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Questions (422)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

422. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of HAP and RAS recipients, respectively, by council area at the end of 2017, 2018 and in 2019 to date; the projected full year numbers for 2019 in view of the fact the information is not available on the website in this format; the full year costs of each scheme in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30347/19]

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The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme is a flexible and immediate housing support that is available to all eligible households throughout the State. At the end of Quarter 1 2019, there were 45,900 active tenancies in receipt of HAP support

The following table sets out the number of active HAP tenancies by local authority area at end 2017, end 2018 and end Quarter 1 2019:

Local Authority

Active HAP Tenancies 2017

Active HAP Tenancies 2018

Active HAP Tenancies Q1 2019

Carlow County Council

581

706

707

Cavan County Council

131

275

301

Clare County Council

1193

1335

1332

Cork City Council

1625

2063

2167

Cork County Council

2647

3339

3427

Donegal County Council

1627

1729

1727

Dublin City Council

1027

2219

2594

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

165

388

437

Fingal County Council

488

1286

1436

Galway City Council

919

1351

1465

Galway County Council

728

981

1052

Kerry County Council

427

898

1002

Kildare County Council

1436

1892

2042

Kilkenny County Council

836

869

866

Laois County Council

316

657

715

Leitrim County Council

95

208

223

Limerick City & County Council

1948

2175

2219

Longford County Council

128

291

297

Louth County Council

1969

2643

2786

Mayo County Council

817

1120

1158

Meath County Council

1220

1740

1804

Monaghan County Council

437

530

555

Offaly County Council

684

845

862

Roscommon County Council

171

354

370

Sligo County Council

467

648

677

South Dublin County Council

2180

2605

2657

Tipperary County Council

1633

1767

1772

Waterford City & County Council

1605

1833

1826

Westmeath County Council

366

656

716

Wexford County Council

536

1020

1131

Wicklow County Council

424

908

1036

Dublin Regional Homeless Executive

2402

4112

4556

Totals

31228

43443

45915

The Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) was established in 2005 and requires local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of people that are in receipt of Rent Supplement for 18 months or longer, and who are assessed as having a long-term housing need.

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 tenancy data, broken down per local authority, is detailed in the following table. At the end of March 2019 (Q1) there were a total of 18,697 tenancies supported under the scheme. Data in respect of Q2 2019 is currently being compiled by my Department. 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. Furthermore, towards 2021, as the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme continues to be rolled out nationally and replaces Rent Supplement, it is expected that more RAS tenancies will terminate than will commence.

Nevertheless, RAS continues to be an effective and secure form of social housing support, and remains a significant part of the suite of social housing options currently available to those who are assessed as being in need of housing support. 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.

Local Authority

Total All RAS Tenancies Q1 2019

Carlow Co Council

499

Cavan Co Council

562

Clare Co Council

373

Cork City Council

824

Cork Co Council

857

Donegal Co Council

547

Dublin City Council

1765

Dublin South Co Council

1292

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council

528

Fingal Co Council

647

Galway City Council

421

Galway Co Council

324

Kerry Co Council

891

Kildare Co Council

578

Kilkenny Co Council

911

Laois Co Council

218

Leitrim Council

114

Limerick City & Co Council

1145

Longford Co Council

207

Louth Co Council

120

Mayo Co Council

808

Meath Co Council

407

Monaghan Co Council

215

Offaly Co Council

130

Roscommon Co Council

404

Sligo Co Council

541

Tipperary Co Council

1089

Waterford City & Co Council

675

Westmeath Co Council

584

Wexford Co Council

600

Wicklow Co Council

421

Total

18,697

The targets for the HAP and RAS schemes by local authority for 2019 are published on the Rebuilding Ireland website and are available at the following link:

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

The information requested in respect of the cost of the HAP and RAS schemes is set out in the following table.

Year

HAP (€m)

RAS (€m)

2017

152.69

142.8

2018

276.6

143.4

2019 (Allocated)

422

134.3

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.