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Approved Housing Bodies

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (331)

Niall Collins

Question:

331. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the details of all approved housing bodies in the State; the number of social, affordable and other type of housing units analysed by local authority area under their ownership and or management; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61914/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

There are currently 450 organisations listed on my Department's Register of Housing Bodies with Approved Status. Further information is available at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/publication/1172c-register-of-housing-bodies-with-approved-status-under-section-6-of-the-housing-miscellaneous-provisions-act-1992/

The table below provides information on of the number of Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) signed up to the Voluntary Regulatory Code, which are active in each local authority, along with the number of units either owned, managed or leased. This information is sourced from the most recent Sectoral Analysis Report produced by the Housing Agency's Regulation Office www.housingagency.ie/sites/default/files/2021-07/Regulation%20Annual%20Report%202020%20FINAL.pdf which provides a comprehensive overview of the AHB sector.

Local Authority

No. of AHBs operating in Local Authority*

No. of Units**

Dublin City

48

8756

Limerick City & County

46

1787

Cork County

40

2414

Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown

32

1767

Kilkenny

31

1044

Cork City

30

1874

Kildare

30

2021

Fingal

30

2372

Tipperary

29

1227

Meath

27

1177

South Dublin

26

2834

Mayo

24

792

Wicklow

24

746

Clare

22

655

Donegal

19

1084

Waterford City & County

19

1301

Wexford

19

954

Kerry

18

921

Galway City

17

865

Galway County

17

675

Offaly

17

557

Louth

17

1680

Laois

17

890

Westmeath

16

261

Sligo

14

474

Monaghan

12

366

Carlow

12

822

Cavan

11

264

Longford

10

370

Roscommon

8

207

Leitrim

7

72

Total

41229

* Based on AHBs signed up to the Voluntary Code

** Based on December 2019 data

My Department also publishes comprehensive programme level statistics on social housing delivery for each local authority on a quarterly basis. These statistics, which include programmes supported by AHB delivery, are available to the end of Quarter 3 and are published on the statistics page of my Department’s website, at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/collection/6060e-overall-social-housing-provision/

In addition to the statistical overview of activity in each local authority, a detailed Social Housing Construction Status Report is published each quarter which provides scheme level detail on new build activity, including those delivered by AHBs. The most recent publication covers the period up to the end of Quarter 3 2021 and is available at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/publication/feea9-social-housing-construction-projects-status-report-q3-2021/.

Following on from the introduction of the Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Act 2019, the Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority (AHBRA) was formally established on 1 February 2021. The Regulator will have responsibility for, inter alia, establishing and maintaining a register of AHBs; preparing standards by which AHBs will be monitored and assessed; encouraging and facilitating the better governance, administration and management, including corporate governance and financial management, of AHBs. The Regulator will have powers to carry out investigations and cancel the registration of AHBs.

The functions of the Regulator will also include collecting such information concerning AHBs as the Regulator considers necessary and appropriate for the purposes of the performance of the Regulator’s functions, and publishing such information (including statistical information) concerning AHBs as the Regulator considers appropriate.

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