Approved Housing Bodies

Ceisteanna (297, 298, 299)

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

297. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his policy on the way in which approved housing bodies allocate housing units, set rents and make available units to tenants that are not on the social housing waiting list of the local authority and whose rents are not differentially set; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3561/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

298. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if approved housing bodies that receive State funding can allocate housing units on criteria other than that set by the local authority housing waiting list. [3562/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

299. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the proposal of an approved housing body to allocate housing units to couples that will pay €1,500 per month in rent that are not on the social housing waiting lists and that will have some of the rent set aside as a savings scheme to purchase a home in the future; if this scheme has his approval; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3563/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 to 299, inclusive, together.

The manner in which Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) allocate dwellings and set rent is dependent on the way in which the building/acquisition of the dwellings was funded.

Where AHB homes are acquired with funding under the Capital Advanced Loan Facility/Payment and Availability Agreement, or are leased with assistance under the Long-Term Leasing Scheme, it is a condition of such funding that tenancies may only be allocated to households nominated by the relevant housing authority from their social housing waiting list. Such tenants pay the differential rent set out in the relevant housing authority differential rent scheme. 

In the case of homes funded historically under the now closed Capital Loan and Subsidy Scheme, social housing tenants, that is, households nominated by the housing authority, pay a rent to be determined by the AHB, subject to a minimum set out by my Department, as a condition of the provision of funding under the scheme. Where the development was partly - at least 5% - funded by the AHB itself, however, up to 25% of the tenancies could be allocated to households/persons not on a social housing waiting list, and in such cases the rent to be paid is a matter for the AHB itself.

In the case of AHB units funded under the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS), it also the case that up to 25% of tenancies may be allocated to persons not on the housing authority’s social housing waiting list in cases where the units are at least 5% funded by the AHB. In such cases the rent will be determined by the AHB.  Social housing tenants in CAS units pay, as a condition of funding under the scheme, an economic rent; if this rent is unaffordable, tenants may avail of support under Rent Supplement from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Occasionally AHBs acquire units without funding from my Department (e.g. bequests, gifts). In such cases, the allocation of tenancies and the rent to be paid is a matter for the individual AHB concerned.

Discussions on affordable housing are ongoing between my Department, local authorities and AHBs. However, no proposal of the nature referred to by the Deputy has been received by my Department at this time.  

Greenways Development

Ceisteanna (300)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

300. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the discussions to date which have taken place between his Department and Fingal County Council regarding the planned Broadmeadows Way cycle and pedestrian route in County Dublin; his plans to ensure assistance is provided to progress this regional greenway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3586/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

A request was received in September 2018 from Fingal County Council to meet with my Department to discuss the proposal concerned in advance of submitting an application under the Foreshore Act 1933, as amended.  My Department has since been engaging with the local authority in relation to the information that is required to progress the matter.

As the foreshore application is likely to come before me for decision at some point in the future, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the matter at this time.

Brexit Issues

Ceisteanna (301)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

301. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of meetings he has attended since the beginning of September 2018 with his officials to discuss and prepare for Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3600/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The Government’s contingency planning for Brexit was initiated well in advance of the UK referendum in June 2016 and has intensified in recent months.

To this end, co-ordination of the whole-of-Government response to Brexit is being taken forward through the cross-Departmental coordination structures chaired by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  These include meetings of various groups on a weekly and fortnightly basis as well as a range of ongoing meetings with individual Departments across the range of sectors.

In my own Department, I have multiple engagements with the Secretary General every week to discuss Government business and the main business priorities of the Department, which would include regular discussions on Brexit.

In addition, a working group of senior officials within the Department is in place to coordinate the Department’s Brexit planning.  Brexit is a standing agenda item at the monthly Ministerial Management Board meetings and at weekly meetings of the Department's Management Board.

Preparation and planning is ongoing across Government to address a range of Brexit scenarios, including a ‘no deal’ scenario, and Departments and agencies continue to develop and implement, as appropriate, Brexit preparedness and contingency planning in their areas of responsibility.

Local Authority Staff Data

Ceisteanna (302)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

302. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the staffing numbers by local authority in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3641/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department gathers quarterly data on staff numbers in local authorities. 

Staffing numbers for the local authority sector, as well as the broader public sector, are available on the Public Service Numbers databank which is hosted and maintained by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and is available at the following link:  http://databank.per.gov.ie/, providing access to information from 1980 onwards.

The staffing levels for the end of Quarter 4, 2018 are currently being collated and will be published on the PER databank when finalised.

Local Authority Funding

Ceisteanna (303)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

303. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of grants and subsidies provided to local authorities in 2017 and 2018, by local authority. [3642/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Central Government funding of local authorities presents a complex picture, with transfers, both current and capital, coming from a range of Departments and Offices for a variety of purposes. Some streams of funding are delivered directly from funding departments to local authorities, while others are routed through departmental agencies.

Most of the funding sourced from Central Government and provided to local authorities must be used for specified services. These can be grouped into five broad programme categories: recreational, education, environment, housing and transport. My Department does not collate specific information on the number of grants and subsidies provided to local authorities; this information may be available at individual local authority level. However, the table below sets out the figures included in the audited annual financial statements of local authorities for 2017 for both revenue (current) and capital income received from grants and subsidies.

These figures relate to 2017 only and include LPT self funding in the case of those local authorites where this obligation arises.  They do not include other LPT allocations.  Unaudited financial statements for 2018 are not due for submission to my Department until 31 March 2019, after which the audit of those statements will begin.     

Table of Grants and Subsidies income for both Revenue and Capital to all local authorities in 2017 extracted from their audited annual financial statements

 

Grants & Subsidies Revenue

Grants & Subsidies Capital

 Carlow 

                      13,697,401

14,862,324

 Cavan 

                      21,899,870

13,854,773

 Clare 

                      32,179,863

26,617,722

 Cork City 

                      26,080,693

40,079,820

 Cork County 

                      76,579,306

93,183,779

 Donegal 

                      39,637,699

34,210,001

 Dublin City 

                    218,709,943

225,808,039

 Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown 

                      31,582,461

44,505,798

 Fingal 

                      42,254,638

60,827,656

 Galway City 

                      15,387,699

8,587,479

 Galway County 

                      38,248,800

32,408,432

 Kerry 

                      34,071,453

41,090,821

 Kildare 

                      38,696,800

72,980,723

 Kilkenny 

                      24,201,589

26,381,003

 Laois 

                      17,274,479

15,617,612

 Leitrim 

                      12,057,534

6,423,446

 Limerick City and County 

                    182,956,027 *

78,596,434

 Longford 

                      11,139,631

9,106,010

 Louth 

                      25,084,015

21,644,185

 Mayo 

                      41,873,633

38,189,175

 Meath 

                      26,433,914

32,129,575

 Monaghan 

                      18,896,478

22,953,736

 Offaly 

                      19,211,939

6,267,313

 Roscommon 

                      18,736,697

16,605,728

 Sligo 

                      18,240,463

19,708,301

 South Dublin 

                      53,672,244

47,930,657

 Tipperary 

                      44,507,049

21,351,571

 Waterford City and County 

                      36,347,309

12,809,581

 Westmeath 

                      20,369,762

17,461,530

 Wexford 

                      26,781,273

35,379,657

 Wicklow 

                      24,090,943

12,564,498

Total

                1,250,901,607

1,150,137,378

* This includes funding provided to Limerick City and County Council in its role as the shared service provider for the Housing Assistance Payment scheme.

Property Tax Yield

Ceisteanna (304)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

304. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the baseline figure in the context of the local property tax for each local authority for 2019. [3643/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

In accordance with Government decisions on Local Property Tax (LPT) distribution, every local authority has a minimum level of funding available, known as the baseline.  There are variances in LPT levels across the country, but all local authorities receive at least this baseline funding to support the delivery of services.  The total LPT baseline figure for 2019 is €355 million. The individual baselines for local authorities are set out in the table below. 

The final LPT allocations to local authorities for 2019, amounting to €503 million, along with details of the amounts retained locally in each area, local variation decisions, baselines, equalisation amounts etc., are published on my Department’s website at the following link:

https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/chargestaxes/local-property-tax/local-property-tax-final-allocations-local-authorities-2019.

Table 1-  2019 LPT Baselines

Local Authority

2019 Baseline €

Carlow County Council

       6,138,657

Cavan County Council

          9,480,501

Cork City Council

       11,927,355

Donegal County Council

       25,119,850

Galway County Council

       14,517,890

Kerry County Council

       13,776,761

Kilkenny County Council 

       10,673,913

Laois County Council

          8,558,877

Leitrim County Council

          8,956,315

Limerick City & County Council 

       17,554,464

Longford County Council

          8,906,648

Louth County Council

          9,866,198

Mayo County Council

       19,812,344

Monaghan County Council

       11,238,572

Offaly County Council

          7,656,288

Roscommon County Council

       10,216,232

Sligo County Council

       10,202,627

Tipperary County Council

       25,951,602

Waterford City & County Council

       18,678,971

Westmeath County Council

       11,205,507

Wexford County Council

       13,547,516

Meath County Council

       10,535,969

Clare County Council

          4,435,383

Cork County Council

          8,402,758

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

          8,270,919

Dublin City Council

       19,095,592

Fingal County Council

          3,699,275

Galway City Council

          2,599,723

Kildare County Council

       11,755,790

South Dublin County Council

          3,856,262

Wicklow County Council

          8,547,247

Total

     355,186,005

Local Authority Housing Waiting Lists

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.  

Emergency Accommodation Data

Ceisteanna (306)

Noel Grealish

Ceist:

306. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons in emergency homeless accommodation by local authority area and by length of time in such accommodation; the number of children and adults in each case in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the cost of providing such accommodation in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3680/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department publishes a monthly report on homelessness. The monthly report is based on data provided by housing authorities and produced through the Pathway Accommodation & Support System (PASS).  The report captures details of individuals utilising State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements that are overseen by housing authorities.

The most recent report is for November 2018 which showed that there were 6,157 adults and 3,811 dependants in emergency accommodation in that month.  Monthly reports for 2016, 2017 and 2018 are available on my Department’s website at the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data.

Quarterly performance reports prepared by the local authorities on a regional basis provide information on the duration of time spent by persons in emergency accommodation.  The most recently published report is for Quarter 3 2018 and  shows that 43% of the adults recorded were in emergency accommodation for less than 6 months, and 57% for more than 6 months.   The regional breakdown at the end of Quarter 3 2018 is shown in the table.

Q3 Duration in Emergency Accommodation - Regional Breakdown

 

< 6 months

 

> 6 Months

 

Regional Total

 

Amount

%

Amount

%

 

Dublin

1,196

31%

2,683

69%

3,879

Mid-East

282

75%

92

25%

374

Midland

78

70%

34

30%

112

Mid West

226

68%

107

32%

333

North East

76

64%

42

36%

118

North West

35

78%

10

22%

45

South East

175

53%

153

47%

328

South West

266

73%

99

27%

365

West

188

57%

142

43%

330

Totals

2,522

43%

3,362

57%

5,884

In relation to the costs of providing emergency accommodation, my Department provides funding to housing authorities on a regional basis towards the operational costs of homeless accommodation and related services.  Under the funding arrangements, housing authorities must provide at least 10% of the cost of services from their own resources. Housing authorities may also incur additional expenditure on homeless related services outside of these funding arrangements with my Department.  Therefore, the exact amounts spent by housing authorities on homeless services, as well as the types of accommodation and the service providers engaged, are a matter for those authorities. 

Performance and Financial reports from each of the regions, setting out expenditure on homeless services, including emergency accommodation, in each region are published on my Department's website at the following link:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/node/5498.