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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 8 February 2022

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Questions (336)

Ruairí Ó Murchú


336. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the details of the local authority housing assessment process. [6642/22]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Applications for social housing support are assessed by the relevant local authority, in accordance with the eligibility and need criteria set down in Section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and the associated Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011 (as amended).

To qualify for social housing support a household must meet all of the eligibility criteria, which primarily relate to income, availability of alternative accommodation and previous rent arrears.

The 2011 Regulations prescribe maximum net income limits for each local authority, in different bands according to the area concerned, with income being defined and assessed according to a standard Household Means Policy.

Where a household is deemed to meet the eligibility criteria, its main housing need and classification of accommodation need is determined under the criteria set out in the 2011 Regulations. If a household meets the eligibility and need criteria, it qualifies for the suite of social housing supports, including HAP, and is placed on the housing list to be considered for the allocation of suitable tenancies in accordance with the authority’s allocation scheme.

Ultimately, decisions on the qualification of households for social housing support, the most appropriate form of such support, and the allocation of that support are a matter for the local authority concerned.