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Housing Assistance Payment

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 June 2020

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Questions (911)

Martin Browne

Question:

911. Deputy Martin Browne asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons on the HAP scheme in County Tipperary; and the cost of HAP payments in the county since 2014. [12369/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme plays a vital role in housing eligible families and individuals. At the end of Q4 2019, over 71,000 HAP tenancies had been set-up since the scheme commenced, of which there were more than 52,500 households actively in receipt of HAP support and over 30,000 separate landlords and agents providing accommodation to households supported by the scheme.

The HAP scheme was rolled out in four waves between September 2014 and March 2017. Tipperary County Council was part of wave 2 to participate in the HAP scheme, joining in June 2015. Over the period 2015 to end 2019 more than 2,800 households have been supported in Co. Tipperary under the HAP scheme of which 1,778 tenancies were active as at end Q4 2019.

A breakdown of the number of households supported by HAP in each local authority area from 2014 to the end of 2019 is available on my Department’s website at the following link:

https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/social-and-affordble/overall-social-housing-provision

HAP is funded through a combination of Exchequer monies and tenant differential rents collected in respect of HAP tenancies. Limerick City and County Council provides a highly effective HAP transactional shared service on behalf of all local authorities. This HAP Shared Services Centre (SSC) manages all HAP related rental transactions for the tenant, local authority and landlord.

Details of the number of active HAP tenancies and the average monthly landlord payment at the end of Quarter 4 2019 are set out in the table below.

Local Authority

Active tenancies as at end 2019

Average Monthly Landlord Payment

Tipperary County Council

1,778

€500

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