Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1188)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

1188. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the extent to which he has ongoing discussions with the various local authorities with a view to early action to provide permanent accommodation for families including children or lone applicants on the local authority waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45475/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

In March of this year, I wrote to all local authorities setting out their social housing targets for 2019 across all delivery streams. These social housing targets are publicly available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: http://rebuildingireland.ie/news/social-housing-targets-2019/.

Progress against targets is tracked on a quarterly basis. The most recent report sets out the position at the end of Quarter 2 of 2019 and is available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/statistics/housing-statistics.

I meet regularly with the Chief Executives of all the local authorities in relation to the advancement of social housing, in line with the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan. I most recently met the Chief Executives in September, and that followed on from a Housing Summit, which I held with them in February.

Following my meetings with the Chief Executives, targeted sessions have been held between my Department and local authority senior management to specifically discuss social housing delivery.

I and my Department have ongoing and extensive engagement with all local authorities across all delivery streams to ensure maximum delivery of homes for those who need them. The allocation of homes to those on the social housing waiting lists is, however, a matter entirely for the relevant Local Authority.

Question No. 1189 answered with Question No. 1185.