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Housing Provision

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (319)

Denis Naughten

Question:

319. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the total spend by his Department, by approved housing bodies and by each of the local authorities on the construction of new housing in 2018, 2019 and 2020; the share of that spend that is attributable to labour costs; the average spend per unit of housing in the same period; the share of that spend that is attributable to labour costs in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61874/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department publishes comprehensive programme level statistics on social housing delivery activity on a quarterly basis. Details on the number of social housing units provided by local authorities is published on the statistics page of my Department’s website, at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/publication/6d316-local-authority-housing-scheme-statistics/?referrer; www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/local-authority-housing-scheme-statistics.

Cost information on the delivery of social homes through the various construction streams, is collated by my Department at development level rather than at individual housing unit level. Disaggregating such development level information into individual unit costs, across all of the various types of units, would require significant analysis on unit characteristics such as size, type, number of bedrooms, site costs, abnormal costs, fees, etc. to derive an accurate reflection of unit cost.

In October 2020, the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES) in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, published an ‘Analysis of Social Housing Build Programme’ which examined the social housing build programme over the years 2016 to 2019 and considered issues such as Use of Build Delivery; Type of Units, Cost & Speed of Delivery and Cost Efficiency and Market Interaction. The IGEES analysis noted the range of average costs which highlighted the diversity of costs for delivery of new build units across different developments and locations. The paper is available at the following link: www.assets.gov.ie/94919/88a04762-9b47-45ba-a24c-e09f271234b9.pdf.

My Department provides funding to local authorities as projects and schemes are progressed and as relevant claims fall due for recoupment.

In respect of Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs), the funding is provided by my Department directly to local authorities, who, in turn, advance the funding to the AHBs, as appropriate.

Details of housing expenditure under the housing build delivery stream for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020, by each individual local authority is set out in the table below, and includes the funding provided in respect of AHB delivery.

Local Authority

2018 €m

2019 €m

2020 €m

Carlow

6.03

14.71

10.11

Cavan

3.02

4.22

6.32

Clare

3.67

11.98

14.23

Cork City

42.31

55.43

80.52

Cork County

53.99

65.54

70.46

Donegal

10.36

9.86

17.28

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown

25.89

10.20

29.88

Dublin City

152.97

100.80

132.11

Fingal

61.06

58.59

54.01

Galway City

11.23

21.96

30.94

Galway County

12.33

15.95

35.47

Kerry

19.96

22.32

36.79

Kildare

27.83

59.18

60.09

Kilkenny

18.72

12.66

21.79

Laois

1.87

6.06

10.73

Leitrim

1.46

3.21

5.78

Limerick

50.21

40.20

48.54

Longford

9.40

15.56

8.42

Louth

12.57

28.01

65.86

Mayo

6.62

19.38

15.79

Meath

38.58

42.68

57.24

Monaghan

8.64

12.32

16.49

Offaly

3.42

12.82

7.15

Roscommon

1.62

4.06

5.36

Sligo

10.10

12.76

10.52

South Dublin

67.53

52.51

32.74

Tipperary

4.27

13.57

22.90

Waterford

29.39

27.41

20.41

Westmeath

6.37

10.28

10.09

Wexford

15.63

21.79

19.88

Wicklow

24.19

42.91

69.97

Total

741.24

828.93

1,027.87

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