Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Ceisteanna (280)

Brian Stanley

Ceist:

280. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount paid out by local authorities in housing assistance payments in 2018. [4534/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

HAP is funded through a combination of Exchequer monies and tenant differential rents collected in respect of HAP tenancies.

Limerick City and County Council provide a highly effective transactional shared service on behalf of all HAP local authorities. This HAP Shared Services Centre (SSC) manages all HAP related rental transactions for the tenant, local authority and landlord. Accordingly, my Department does not recoup individual local authorities in respect of HAP rental payments in their administrative areas but rather recoups all landlord costs via the HAP SSC.

At the end of Quarter 3 2018, there were more than 40,800 households having their housing needs met via HAP and some 25,500 separate landlords and agents in receipt of monthly HAP payments. Data in respect of Quarter 4 2018, will be available shortly.

The outturn in relation to HAP for 2018 was €276.6 million.