Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (197)

Colm Burke

Question:

197. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Finance the number of persons who availed of the help-to-buy scheme in Cork city and county in each of the years 2011 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6557/21]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

The Help to Buy (HTB) incentive was introduced in 2017. The measure is scheduled to expire on 31 December 2021.

Revenue provide monthly and annual statistics on the scheme, which includes a geographical breakdown of claims (available at:

https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/information-about-revenue/statistics/tax-expenditures/index.aspx)

The table below summarises the latest data available for Cork since the inception of the scheme until end 2020. A breakdown between county and city is not available. Figures for January 2021 are not yet available.

2017

2018

2019

2020

502*

531

815

826

* The 2017 figure includes retrospective claims made in 2017 in respect of the period 19 July 2016 to end 2016, as provided for in the relevant legislation.