Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (93, 130)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

93. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage when he plans to publish the report prepared by his Department on the tenant purchase (incremental) scheme 2016; if, in view of the delay in reforming the scheme, he will consider announcing changes to the scheme as a stand-alone measure rather than as part of a bundle of other reforms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38360/20]

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Matt Carthy

Question:

130. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the status of the review of the tenant purchase scheme. [38404/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 93 and 130 together.

The Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme came into operation on 1 January 2016. The Scheme is open to eligible tenants, including joint tenants, of local authority houses that are available for sale under the Scheme. To be eligible, tenants must meet certain criteria, including having a minimum reckonable income of €15,000 per annum and having been in receipt of social housing support for at least one year.

A review of the first 12 months of the Scheme’s operation has been undertaken. In addition, the Programme for Government commits to maintaining the right of social housing tenants to purchase their own home with some changes to eligibility. The review and the commitments in the Programme for Government are being examined as part of the work on the broader social housing reform agenda. If it is appropriate to bring some measures forward before others I will consider that, having due regard to any implications that amendments in one area of policy may have for other social housing matters.