Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (630)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

630. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of Rebuilding Ireland home loan applications by county made to date in 2019, in tabular form; the number of applications finalised; the number approved; the local authorities that have closed the scheme or placed applications on hold due to a lack of funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50177/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Housing Agency provides a central support service which assesses applications for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan on behalf of local authorities and makes recommendations to the authorities to approve or refuse applications. Housing Agency recommendations are then considered by the Credit Committee in each local authority, which issues loan approvals.

Each local authority must have in place a Credit Committee and it is a matter for the Committee to make the final decision on applications for loans, in accordance with the regulations, and having regard to the recommendations made by the Housing Agency.

I have asked the Agency to compile figures on the numbers of applications that it has assessed and recommended to approve since the scheme began. In 2018, the Housing Agency assessed 3,036 valid applications. Of these, it recommended 1,550 for approval. For 2019, as of end-October 2019, the Housing Agency have assessed 2,271 valid applications of which 1,133 have been recommended for approval.

Local Authority

Total Applications Assessed

Total Applications Recommended for Approval

Carlow County Council

73

28

Cavan County Council

24

9

Clare County Council

87

36

Cork City Council

217

96

Cork County Council

414

209

Donegal County Council

51

22

Dublin City Council

610

368

Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown County Council

142

78

Fingal County Council

756

424

Galway City Council

109

58

Galway County Council

194

63

Kerry County Council

144

59

Kildare County Council

200

107

Kilkenny County Council

61

31

Laois County Council

125

61

Leitrim County Council

19

5

Limerick City & County Council

143

85

Longford County Council

55

26

Louth County Council

152

59

Mayo County Council

82

32

Meath County Council

324

212

Monaghan County Council

64

21

Offaly County Council

58

23

Roscommon County Council

59

23

Sligo County Council

72

34

South Dublin County Council

373

194

Tipperary County Council

152

67

Waterford City & County Council

115

39

Westmeath County Council

56

34

Wexford County Council

161

80

Wicklow County Council

215

100

Total

5,307

2,683

My Department publishes information on the overall number and value of (i) local authority loan approvals and (ii) local authority loan drawdowns. Local authority approval means that an official letter of offer has been sent to a borrower (and therefore relates to a specific property and loan amount). Information on the RIHL for Quarter 2 2019, including in relation to the number and value of mortgage approvals and drawdowns, is available on the Department's website at the following link:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/statistics/house-prices-loans-and-profile-borrowers/local-authority-loan-activity.

When the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme was initially being developed, it was estimated that the drawdown of loans would be approximately €200 million over three years. However, this loan product has proved to be more successful than initially anticipated. In the context of the scheme’s success my Department engaged with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Finance with regard to the allocation for 2019.

I engaged early as I said I would. While discussions commenced in October 2018 on additional funding, the first tranche of €200m was only fully drawn down in August of this year. My Department wrote to all 31 local authorities on 15 August 2019 sanctioning an additional €363 million in funding for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan. This brings total funding for the Loan to over €563 million for 2018 and 2019 combined. As a result of this extra funding, no local authorities have required further funding for 2019.