Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (610, 611, 612)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

610. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons receiving rent supplement support in each municipal district (details supplied) in County Clare in each year since 2017, in tabular form. [37137/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

611. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons receiving rent supplement support for each County Clare municipal district (details supplied) in each of the years 2000 to 2017, in tabular form. [37139/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

612. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount paid in rent supplement in each municipal district (details supplied) in County Clare in each of the years 2000 to 2017, in tabular form. [37140/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 610 to 612, inclusive, together.

Rent supplement continues its vital role in supporting families and individuals in private rented accommodation, with the scheme supporting approximately 18,600 recipients for which the Government has provided €132.4 million for 2019.

The strategic goal of returning rent supplement to its original purpose, that of a short-term income support, has been primarily facilitated by the introduction of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). The “Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness (July 2016), reiterated in the “Housing First National Implementation Plan 2018-2021” (September 2018), is to provide 87,000 flexible housing supports through HAP and Rental Accommodation Scheme between 2016 and 2021. 

Since the introduction of HAP on the 29th June 2015 for the County, rent supplement recipients have fallen from some 1,900 to approximately 60 (sixty), as at end of August 2019.  The identification of recipients for the County with long term social housing needs for transfer to HAP remains a key goal for the Department. 

Rent supplement recipient statistics for the County from 2000 to 2017 are provided in the attached tabular statement; the tabular statement also includes recipient numbers for the year 2018 and end August 2019.  Recipient statistics are not maintained on a 'municipal district level': expenditure statistics by county / municipal district are also not recorded.

Table: Rent Supplement Recipients for County Clare 2000 to End August

Year

No. of Recipients

2000

928*

2001

979

2002

1,175

2003

1,228

2004

1,207

2005

1,233

2006

1,120

2007

1,144

2008

1,441

2009

1,780

2010

1,937

2011

1,961

2012

1,722

2013

1,547

2014

1,336

2015

1,024

2016

423

2017

177

2018

114

2019 (End of August)

 63

* Recipients for 2000 'by County' were not maintained, previous statistical summaries were based on Health Board Regions, the 2000 figure supplied is an estimate for the County based on trends for the County's overall share of rent supplement recipients at that time.