Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2971)

John Curran

Question:

2971. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of vacant units returned to the housing stock for each local authority in 2018 and to date in 2019; the amount of funding allocated to each local authority for same in 2018 and to date in 2019; the amount of funding paid to each local authority to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34417/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department does not hold details of all housing units returned to use by local authorities in 2018 and 2019 as, given that they own around 130,000 such properties, local authorities are dealing continuously with the re-letting of properties as tenants move in and out on an ongoing basis.

My Department does recognise through the Voids Programme, that over and above normal property re-lets, an amount of vacant social homes are in need of far greater levels of repair. The following table sets out the number of local authority dwellings that were brought back to use during 2018 and in quarter 1 of 2019, with funding provided through the Voids Programme. The data shown for 2019 in respect of both units returned and funding provided, does not necessarily represent the full extent of activity under the Programme by individual local authorities, as some will have refurbished and re-let properties but have not, as yet, submitted details to my Department for funding drawdown.

Local Authority

Units returned in 2018

Funding drawn down 2018

Units reported as returned for Q1 2019

Funding drawn down in Q1 2019

Carlow

38

€555,874

0

0

Cavan

14

€270,779

0

0

Clare

43

€906,400

22

€1,234,475

Cork City

74

€820,190

69

€586,109

Cork County

205

€4,351,122

19

€629,743

Donegal

86

€969,585

5

€194,575

Dublin City

495

€8,299,452

50

€831,704

Fingal

48

€589,150

0

0

South Dublin

61

€574,589

0

0

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

50

€436,845

0

0

Galway City

3*

0

0

0

Galway County

45

€763,853

19

€223,406

Kerry

98

€1,132,446

24

€242,603

Kildare

27

€639,867

0

0

Kilkenny

15

€212,293

0

0

Laois

12

€97,688

0

0

Leitrim

30

€387,427

12

€141,649

Limerick

24

€272,177

0

0

Longford

3

€67,500

0

0

Louth

13

€166,794

2

€36,713

Mayo

20

204,474

0

0

Meath

59

€836,941

0

0

Monaghan

52

€496,283

13

€110,638

Offaly

10

€102,929

7

€102,575

Roscommon

2

€22,600

0

€18,726

Sligo

100

€1,650,283

0

0

Tipperary

63

€771,582

17

€265,686

Waterford

20*

0

4

€187,015

Westmeath

23

€207,845

0

0

Wexford

8*

0

13

€252,968

Wicklow

24

€452,145

0

0

Totals

1,765

€26,259,113

276

€5,058,585

* In the case of certain local authorities, properties were remediated under the Programme in 2018 but funding drawdowns were only completed in early 2019.