Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2947)

Danny Healy-Rae


2947. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when the review of the tenant purchase scheme commenced; when the review of the scheme will be completed in view of the fact the scheme is perceived as not working for 80 % of applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33915/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Housing (Sale of Local Authority Houses) Regulations 2015 set 1 January 2016 as the commencement date for the introduction of the Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme for existing local authority houses. The Scheme is open to eligible tenants, including joint tenants, of local authority houses that are available for sale under the Scheme. To be eligible, tenants must meet certain criteria, including having a minimum reckonable income of €15,000 per annum and having been in receipt of social housing support for at least one year.

In line with the commitment given in the Government's Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness, a review of the operation of the first 12 months of the Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme was commenced in quarter 1 of 2017. The review process was based on data collected from the 31 local authorities that operate the scheme as well as submissions through a public consultation exercise. The review has been completed and a full report has been prepared setting out findings and recommendations.

Following consideration of a number of implementation issues arising, I expect to be in a position to publish the Review shortly. I intend to bring a comprehensive package of social housing reform measures to Government in the near future and the relevant recommendations made in the Review of the Tenant Purchase Scheme will be progressed as part of that process.