Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Questions (300, 301, 304, 305, 307)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

300. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of housing units delivered by each local authority using the build delivery mechanism in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021; and the number delivered that were directly built by local authorities and approved housing bodies and the acquisition of newly built units through turnkey and Part V mechanisms over the same period in tabular form. [23029/21]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

301. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he has conducted a spending review process in respect of the delivery of social housing in 2020 and or 2021; and if he has undertaken a cost efficiency and or comparison that tracks the delivery of social hosing that factors in the mechanism used to deliver social housing and locations of social housing. [23030/21]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

304. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the breakdown of housing programme expenditure from 2019 to date in 2021, including build, acquisition, lease, HAP and RAS. [23033/21]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

305. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the breakdown of build programme expenditure from 2019 to 2021, including local authority construction, turnkey, rapid, Part V, PPP, voids and regeneration. [23034/21]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

307. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of housing units delivered by each local authority under each pillar of the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form; the number delivered that were directly built by local authorities and approved housing bodies; and the acquisition of newly built units through turnkey and Part V mechanisms over the years mentioned. [23079/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 300, 301, 304, 305 and 307 together.

My Department publishes comprehensive programme level statistics on a quarterly basis on social housing delivery activity. The data is available to the end of Quarter 4 2020. The 2021 Quarter 1 statistics are currently being compiled and will be available in due course. Housing statistics are 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/

In addition to the statistical overview of activity in each local authority, the Social Housing Construction Status Report is published each quarter which provides scheme level detail on new build activity in each local authority. The most recent publication covers the period up to the end of Q4 2020 and is available at the following link: https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-obrien-publishes-2020-social-housing-statistics/

An Excel version of this file can be downloaded at the following link and may be used for various analysis in terms of delivery programme, stage of activity, location, quarter of completion, number of homes etc. and is available at the following link: https://data.gov.ie/dataset/social-housing-construction-status-report-q4-2020. Data specific to Part V delivery can be found at following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/fd048-affordable-housing-and-part-v-statistics/

In relation to the delivery of new social housing, the Programme for Government commits to the delivery of 50,000 new social homes, with a focus on new build homes. Social housing construction projects (as with all publicly funded construction projects), must be competitively tendered, in accordance with the public procurement guidelines, to ensure transparency as well as value for money for the tax-payer. The Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF) is a structure that has been developed to deliver Government objectives in relation to public sector construction procurement reform and consists of a suite of best practice guidance, standard contracts and generic template documents. The CWMF is for use by contracting authorities involved in the expenditure of public funds on construction projects and related consultancy services.

A spending review on social housing expenditure has not been conducted in respect of 2020 or 2021. However, in conjunction with my Department, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform published the Spending Review 2020 - Analysis of Social Housing Build Programme in November 2020. This review focused on build delivery in the years 2016-2019 and examined the cost of build mechanisms in six local authorities. The Review is available at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/daf0c-spending-review-papers-2020/#housing

The breakdown of total Housing expenditure for the period 2019 to end March 2021 is set out in the table below.

Housing Expenditure (2019 - March 2021)

€m

Build

2,029

Acquisition

825

Lease

391

Total Build, Acquisition & Lease

3,246

RAS

283

HAP

974

Homelessness

480

Other Capital Programmes

343

Other Current Programmes

226

TOTAL

5,553

In respect of the specific categories of build expenditure requested by the Deputy, expenditure in respect of those delivery lines are as follows:

Expenditure 2019 to March 2021

€m

LA Construction

578

LA Turnkey

499

Rapid

53

LA Part V

233

PPP

38

Voids

84

Regeneration

103

It should be noted that expenditure and unit delivery do not always occur in the same year. Payments made under phased programmes may cross a number of financial periods.

Question No. 301 answered with Question No. 300.