Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (299, 300)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

299. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of council houses and approved housing body houses built and allocated to persons or families in County Donegal in each of the years 2016 to 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form. [6528/21]

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Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

300. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the projected number of council houses and approved housing body houses to be built in County Donegal in each of the next five years. [6529/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 and 300 together.

My Department publishes comprehensive programme level statistics on a quarterly basis on all social housing delivery activity. This is published on the statistics page of my Department’s website, at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/6060e-overall-social-housing-provision/

We have also published the Quarter 3 2020 Social Housing Construction Status Report, which provides details of all social housing developments under construction in each local authority. The report is available at the following link: https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-obrien-publishes-social-housing-construction-status-report-for-q2-2020-2/. The data for Quarter 4 2020 is being compiled and the report will be published as soon as it is available.

The Report identifies the quarter in which local authority social housing construction projects started on site, including those that started in the preceding 12 months. Projects identified in the Report as at 'Stage 4 approved or Final Turnkey/CALF approval' have been approved by my Department and will start on site in 2021 (or may have started in Q4 of 2020), subject to restrictions arising from the response to Covid-19.

Budget 2021 provided €3.3 billion for the delivery of housing. Subject to the impact of the Covid related restrictions on the construction sector, the available funding will deliver 12,750 new social homes through build, acquisition and leasing. A major focus of this investment is the delivery of new build, with an overall target of 9,500 new homes, in addition to 800 acquisitions and 2,450 homes to be delivered through leasing programmes. Donegal County Council has been set a target to deliver 164 new build homes and 46 homes through leasing in 2021.

The Government will be publishing a new housing strategy this year, which will set out details of social housing delivery for 2021-2025, including social housing targets for 2022 onwards.