Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (129)

Jack Wall

Ceist:

133 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 101 of 2 May 2012, if he will set down guidelines as to what is acceptable in relation to separation agreements, in view of the period of time that families, especially those seeking free legal aid, have to wait to have such a determination in the Courts; and if he will publish the guidance to authorities as stated in the reply to allow applicants determine their positions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23364/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

I refer to the reply to Question No. 101 of 2 May 2012, which sets out the current position on this matter. Regulation 22 is worded in such a way that once there is a Deed of Separation in place, this aspect of eligibility for social housing support can be determined. As stated in the reply of 2 May 2012, my Department is currently reviewing the social housing assessment provisions and will consider what wider discretion might be given to housing authorities to address the individually difficult and complex cases which may present to them.