Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2932)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

2932. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of housing applicants on local authority lists. [33560/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Details on the number of households qualified for social housing support in each local authority area are set out in the statutory Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA). Since 2016, the Summary process has been carried out on an annual basis.

The SSHA report includes breakdowns by each local authority across a range of categories. It should be noted that the SSHA is a point in time exercise and does not necessarily reflect the dynamic nature of entry to and exit from the list.

The most recent summary, which was carried out in 2018, details the number of households on all local authority waiting lists as at 11 June 2018 and is available on my Department's website at the following link:

www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/summary_of_social_housing_assessments_2018_-_key_findings.pdf

The 2018 summary shows that there were 71,858 households in need of, and qualified for, social housing support. This was 22% lower than the 91,600 households recorded on the 2016 SSHA, the year in which the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan was launched.

The SSHA for 2019 is currently in progress and I expect to be in a position to publish the report later in the year.