Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1147)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

1147. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons in receipt of the housing assistance payment in an area (details supplied) in the past five years; the amount being paid by his Department and the local authority to fund these HAP payments over the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44808/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a flexible and immediate housing support that is available to all eligible households throughout the State. HAP was rolled out on a phased basis, beginning in September 2014. It has been available to all households in South Dublin County Council (SDCC) since 1 October 2014. In Dublin City Council (DCC), HAP has been available to homeless households since February 2015 and all other households since March 2017.

While the information requested is not available in my Department in the format sought, at the end of Q2 2019 over 62,000 tenancies had been set up under the HAP scheme. Of these 3,158 were set up by Dublin City Council, 3,111 by South Dublin County Council and 6,255 set up by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive.

The average rent paid to landlords in DCC and SDCC in each of the five years is set out in the table below:

Local Authority

Avg. Payment 2014

Avg. Payment 2015

Avg. Payment 2016

Avg. Payment 2017

Avg. Payment 2018

Avg. Payment Q2 2019

Dublin City Council

-

€979

€1,244

€1,258

€1,290

€1,292

South Dublin County Council

€1,058

€1,006

€1,104

€1,147

€1,213

€1,245