Thursday, 26 November 2015

Ceisteanna (53)

Joanna Tuffy

Ceist:

53. Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the amount spent on rent supplement, by month, in 2014 and to date in 2015; the number of families in receipt of the supplement by county; the number of new applicants who have been provided with the supplement in 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42157/15]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

Rent supplement plays a vital role in housing families and individuals, with the scheme currently supporting approximately 63,000 people. A breakdown of rent supplement recipients on a county basis is provided in the tabular statement below. Over 17,200 rent supplement tenancies have been awarded this year, of which approximately 5,600 are in Dublin.

Over €298 million has been committed for rent supplement for 2015 - which represents a transfer of funding in excess of €20 million to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to support the new Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). Expenditure to date in 2015 is in excess of €260 million and a monthly breakdown of expenditure is provided in the attached tabular statement. Expenditure on the scheme for 2014 was some €338 million.

Rent supplement is a demand-led scheme and Government will continue to ensure that the necessary funding for the scheme is in place.

Table 1: Rent Supplement Recipients by County, End October 2015

County

Recipients

CARLOW

1,014

CAVAN

387

CLARE

1,110

CORK

7,013

DONEGAL

1,409

DUBLIN

24,097

GALWAY

3,339

KERRY

1,631

KILDARE

3,489

KILKENNY

590

LAOIS

971

LEITRIM

326

LIMERICK

1,651

LONGFORD

405

LOUTH

1,571

MAYO

1,546

MEATH

1,538

MONAGHAN

272

OFFALY

871

ROSCOMMON

624

SLIGO

484

TIPPERARY

1,763

WATERFORD

1,008

WESTMEATH

1,429

WEXFORD

2,321

WICKLOW

2,017

Total

62,876

Table 2: Rent Supplement: Expenditure: January 2015 To Date

Month in 2015

Cost €000

January

27,749

February

25,734

March

26,825

April

26,881

May

26,023

June

25,444

July

26,784

August

24,623

September

25,141

October

25,637

Total

260,841