Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (72, 88, 372)

Pádraig O'Sullivan

Question:

72. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the status of plans to introduce a social housing passport scheme to allow households to move from one local authority list to another; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37831/20]

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Paul McAuliffe

Question:

88. Deputy Paul McAuliffe asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage his plans to introduce a social housing passport to allow households move from one local authority list to another; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38482/20]

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Steven Matthews

Question:

372. Deputy Steven Matthews asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he will report on the commitment in the programme for Government to introduce a social housing passport that would allow households move from one local authority list to another local authority list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38651/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 72, 88 and 372 together.

The Programme for Government provides for a package of social housing reforms, including the introduction of a social housing passport to allow households move from one local authority list to another.

It should be noted that the four Dublin local authorities already co-operate in arrangements that enable social housing applicants to apply for housing in one or two of the other Dublin authorities simultaneously. Similar arrangements apply in the two Cork and two Galway local authorities. It is also already possible for households to move and relocate between housing authority areas under the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Scheme where the household income is within the appropriate income limits.

The issue of providing for wider tenancy movements is being examined and I will look at proposals in relation to such wider movement along with the other reform package measures.