Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (65)

John Curran


65. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of housing units he expects to be built by each local authority in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45009/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The delivery of social housing homes by local authorities across the country, in collaboration with Approved Housing Bodies, is a key priority for this Government.

Since the launch of Rebuilding Ireland in 2016, local authorities have delivered more than 23,000 (23,768) new social housing homes, through a combination of build, acquisition and lease mechanisms, representing more than 47% of the overall target to 2021. Indeed, this year more than 10,000 new social housing homes will be delivered through these methods and my Department are working very closely with all stakeholders to monitor progress and maximize the delivery of all new social housing homes, including the targeted 6,545 build social housing homes in 2019.

It should be noted that the social housing targets, agreed with each local authority for 2019, have been published on my Department's website at (https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/social-housing-targets-2019/).

Throughout the year, communication and meetings take place between my Department and senior management at each local authority to resolve blockages and identify opportunities to deliver the maximum amount of homes possible each year. This collaborative and responsive approach has been very successful to date, with outputs exceeding targets each year to date since the launch of Rebuilding Ireland.