Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1971)

Jack Chambers


1971. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the breakdown of each of the social housing lists held by each local authority; the overall increase or decrease on the numbers on the list in each of the past five years in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35832/19]

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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). The SSHA has been conducted on an annual basis since 2016, prior to which it was carried out once every three years with the previous Summary having taken place in 2013.

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 for which results are available, which was carried out in 2018, details the number of households on all local authority waiting lists as at 11 June 2018 and shows that 71,858 households were assessed as qualified and being in need of social housing support. This represents a decrease of 13,941 households or 16.2% on the assessment in June 2017. Indeed, since the Government's Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan was launched in 2016, the numbers have decreased from 91,600 to 71,858, a reduction of 22%, as set out in the table below.








-5,801 (-6.3%)



-13,941 (-16.2%)

The SSHAs for 2018, 2017 and 2016 are available on my Department's website at the following links.

Report 2018

Report 2017

Report 2016

I expect the results of the 2019 SSHA to be available early in the final quarter of this year.