Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (305)

Noel Grealish

Ceist:

305. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons on a waiting list for social housing in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by local authority area and length of time on the list by single, couple, family applications and so on; the number of persons on local authority housing transfer lists in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by local authority area and length of time on the list, by single, couple, family applications and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3679/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Details on the number of households qualified for social housing support in each local authority area are set out in the statutory Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA).  Since 2016, the summary process has been carried out on an annual basis.

The SSHA report includes breakdowns by each local authority across a range of categories. Details in relation to household composition can be found at tables 2.4 and A1.4. Details on the length of time spent on the record of qualified households (waiting lists) can be found at tables 2.8 and A1.8. It should be noted that the SSHA is a point in time exercise and does not necessarily reflect the dynamic nature of entry to and exit from the list.

The most recent summary, which was carried out in 2018, details the number of households on all local authority waiting lists as at 11 June 2018. The SSHAs for 2018, 2017 and 2016 can be found on my Department's website at the links below.

Report 2018

https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/summary_of_social_housing_assessments_2018_-_key_findings.pdf .

Report 2017  

https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/sha_summary_2017.pdf .

Report 2016

https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/summary_of_social_housing_assessments_2016.pdf .

My Department is currently working with the Housing Agency on the proposed 2019 summary. I expect the results of that summary to be available early in the final quarter of this year.

My Department does not hold information on the number of households on local authorities' housing transfer lists.  The management of these lists is a matter for individual local authorities and the numbers fluctuate continually as, for example, households are granted transfers, in accordance with an authority’s allocation scheme, to take up other accommodation options.