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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (252)

Francis Noel Duffy

Question:

252. Deputy Francis Noel Duffy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the total State expenditure on HAP in each of the years 2015 to 2020. [61858/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a flexible and immediate form of social housing support for people with a long-term housing need. Any household assessed by their local authority as eligible for social housing is immediately eligible for HAP. These households must find their own accommodation in the private rental sector.

The HAP scheme started in 2014 and at the end of Q3 2021, 97,600 HAP tenancies had been set-up since the scheme commenced, of which there were more than 62,300 households actively in receipt of HAP support and over 33,600 separate landlords and agents providing accommodation to households supported by the scheme.

The following table shows total expenditure by my Department for the HAP scheme for each year 2015–2020:

Year

No. of local authorities operating HAP scheme

Outturn - €m

2015

18

15.6

2016

28

57.7

2017

31

152.7

2018

31

276.6

2019

31

382.4

2020

31

464.7

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