I propose to take Questions Nos. 321 and 322 together.
The Housing Agency is a non-commercial State agency under the aegis of my Department. The Housing Agency’s Projects, Procurement and Programmes (PPP) Team supports local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) in housing delivery through the provision of specialist advice in a range of areas, including design, regulatory compliance, project development and procurement. My Department does not hold details on the number of housing projects for which each local authority or AHB availed of support services or the details of these supports from the Housing Agency. However, further information may be available directly from the Housing Agency.
A key theme of Housing for All is to build local authority and AHB capacity to cater for increased output levels and complexities of development and delivery processes. Under Housing for All, the Housing Agency’s PPP team will be expanded to support local authority and AHB delivery and my Department is working with the Agency to identify the additional resource requirements in this regard.