Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (391)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

391. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of existing local authority houses that have been refurbished or upgraded in each of the past three years to date by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38699/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The relevant details are being compiled and will be provided to the Deputy in accordance with Standing Orders.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 51
As part of each local authority’s own management and maintenance of their housing stock, it is a matter for the authorities to address maintenance or improvements to their housing stock from within their own resources. My Department does not have data on this but it may be available from the local authorities themselves. Refurbishment and upgrade of local authority houses is also carried out through specific funding programmes supported by my Department.
One such exchequer funding programme is for the retrofitting of local authority homes to make them more energy efficient. An annualised breakdown of the properties retrofitted under the programme per local authority, is available on my Department's website at the following link:
https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/energy-efficiencyretrofitting/energy-efficiency-retrofitting-programme.
My Department has also supported local authorities to refurbish vacant social homes and return them to productive use under the ‘Voids Programme’. The number of properties supported under this programme by local authority between 2017 and 2019 were as follows -

Units Returned to use in 2017

Units Returned to use in 2018

Units Returned to use in 2019

Carlow

8

38

14

Cavan

31

14

9

Clare

47

43

62

Cork City

81

74

69

Cork County

48

205

70

Donegal

168

86

43

Dublin City

543

495

495

Fingal

121

48

22

South Dublin

87

61

89

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

31

50

83

Galway City

11

3

3

Galway County

37

45

39

Kerry

90

98

61

Kildare

8

27

11

Kilkenny

16

15

13

Laois

4

12

23

Leitrim

0

30

22

Limerick

13

24

75

Longford

0

3

19

Louth

7

13

5

Mayo

22

20

5

Meath

52

59

22

Monaghan

38

52

13

Offaly

7

10

18

Roscommon

3

2

2

Sligo

40

100

40

Tipperary

107

63

72

Waterford

52

20

55

Westmeath

40

23

7

Wexford

34

8

29

Wicklow

11

24

13

Exchequer funding for 90% of costs, is provided by my Department to local authorities to adapt their social homes to meet the needs of certain tenants under the Disabled Persons Grant scheme. The scheme applies to works that are necessary to address the needs of older people or people with a disability. Data on the number of properties supported under this programme by local authority between 2017 and 2019 is available on my Department’s website at the following link:
https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/grantsfinancial-assistance/disabled-persons-grant-and-improved-works-lieu-schemes-units.
Lastly, my Department funds programmes of regeneration and remedial works in a number of targeted areas around the country. These programmes involve significant levels of funding support with a focus on new build programmes. Some remediation and upgrade of existing properties is also involved, and the number of properties upgraded under these programmes over the period 2017 to 2019 is as follows –

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2017

No. of units refurbished

2018

No. of units refurbished

2019

No. of units refurbished

Cork City

0

0

26

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

3

0

0

Galway County

14

0

0

Kerry

2

3

4

Kildare

0

0

34

Limerick City & County

112

159

228

Monaghan

0

0

2

Sligo

6

0

16

Wicklow

27

33

8