Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Questions (302, 316)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

302. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of persons on the social housing waiting list in County Donegal by the type of accommodation and length of time waiting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9718/21]

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Johnny Mythen

Question:

316. Deputy Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of persons and family units that were added to the social housing list in County Wexford in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9896/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 302 and 316 together.

Details on the number of households qualified for social housing support in each local authority area is provided in the annual statutory Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA).

The most recently published summary, conducted in June 2019, shows that 68,693 households were assessed as qualified for and being in need of social housing support. This represents a decrease of 3,165 households or 4.4% on the assessment in June 2018.

The full report is available on my Department’s website at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/publication/29da7-summary-of-social-housing-assessments-2019-key-findings/.

The total number of households qualified for social housing support in Donegal in 2019 was 926, and 2,260 for Wexford.

Figure 2.7 and Table A1.7 of the report provide a breakdown of the current tenure type by local authority. Also Figure 2.6 and Table A1.6 provide a breakdown of any specific accommodation requirements, the majority of which (80.5%) had no specific accommodation requirements. Details on the length of time spent on the social housing list is provided in Figure 2.8 and Table A1.8 which provide details on the length of time households have been on the record of qualified households (the Waiting List).

It should be noted that the SSHA is a point in time exercise and does not reflect the dynamic nature of entries to and exists from the waiting lists.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the 2020 assessment was delayed and conducted in November. Work is ongoing and the summary report of the 2020 assessment will be published in due course.