Local Authority Housing

Ceisteanna (490)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

490. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the steps being taken to implement the recommendations of the National Taking In Charge Initiative Report; the projected timescale for implementing the recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22531/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Findings and recommendations from the National Taking in Charge Initiative (NTICI) were included in a report on the initiative that was published by my Department in December 2018. The report is available on my Department's website at the following link:

www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/national_taking_in_charge_initiative_report_dec2018.pdf.

The publication of the NTICI report is of value to local authorities and other stakeholders in applying the lessons from the pilot authorities, in a more general roll-out of a streamlined approach to taking-in-charge, which is currently in progress, including through coordination with capital works by Irish Water. In this regard, my Department is liaising with Irish Water in relation to the report.

My Department issued Circular Letter PL 02-2019 earlier this year which sets out procedures relating to new arrangements that came into force in April 2019 concerning securities for the satisfactory completion of developments, including bonds, and the application of Irish Water’s Connection Charging Policy as regards such matters. The circular is available on my Department's website at the following link:

www.housing.gov.ie/planning/guidelines/circular-pl-022019-planning-securities-irish-water-connection-agreements

In addition, in 2018, my Department published draft Water Services Guidelines for Planning Authorities under Section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), which address the issues of bonds and cash securities applied to permissions granted before April 2019. I intend to issue final Guidelines shortly.

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) and financial institutions, in conjunction with my Department, are currently considering an approach to the wording and process of future planning security arrangements.

The National Development Plan, published last year, includes a provision for €31 million for the period 2018-2021 for developer-provided infrastructure, commencing with a provision of €6 million in 2019. The multi-annual programme will be initiated through the invitation of project bids from local authorities followed by their evaluation by an Expert Panel, set up by my Department, to independently evaluate the bid projects to be approved for funding.

My Department is currently finalising the details of the programme and it is expected that the invitation for project bids from local authorities will issue shortly, with approval of projects for this first cycle multi-annual programme to take place once proposals submitted have been assessed.

Water Services Funding

Ceisteanna (491, 497)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

491. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if an application has been received for funding from Mayo County Council on behalf of a local group water scheme (details supplied); if so, the status of the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22550/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

497. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if an application has been received from Mayo County Council for a group water scheme (details supplied); when a decision on funding will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22700/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 491 and 497 together.

On 8 February this year, I announced details of the measures being funded through my Department under the Multi-annual Rural Water Programme 2019-2021. Local authorities were invited to submit their bids for the funding of schemes or projects in their functional areas, with the deadline for receipt of proposals set as 14 March 2019.

Mayo County Council has included the scheme in question in its application to my Department under the new Programme.

My Department is currently considering local authorities' bids for funding allocations. An Expert Panel has been put in place to support the evaluation process. In addition to providing an expert perspective, the Panel brings independence, openness and transparency to the bids evaluation process which is done on a national prioritised basis. The Expert Panel’s membership includes Departmental, stakeholder and independent representation.

The Expert Panel will make recommendations to my Department on the suitability of schemes and projects for funding based on objective criteria which are set out in the framework document issued to local authorities when requesting proposals. My Department will then consider the recommendations of the Panel, and based on these, will propose allocations for my consideration as Minister. I expect this process to be completed later in the second quarter of 2019.

Register of Electors Administration

Ceisteanna (492)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

492. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to improve the user friendliness of the Check the Register website, including reducing sensitivities in relation to the spelling of place names such as in circumstances where more than one English or Gaeilge version of an address exists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22558/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The preparation of the register of electors is a matter for local authorities in their areas. It is their duty, as far as possible and with the cooperation and engagement of the public, to ensure the accuracy and comprehensiveness of that register. The Check the Register facility reflects the information contained in each local authority’s register of electors and enables voters to check their details by reference to their address (street or townland, as appropriate) or, in many cases, by Eircode.

More generally, the Government determined in March 2017 that work should commence on modernisation of the voter registration process. The proposals currently under consideration include an optional online registration process in parallel with the existing paper based system, the creation of a unique identifier for individuals, simplification of the forms and processes, and data sharing between public bodies and electoral registration authorities to ensure accuracy and completeness. It is expected that the online facility will enable individuals to manage their own information, such as amending their address details.

A public consultation process on the modernisation process closed on 15 March 2019, at which stage some 187 submissions had been received from a range of individuals, public representatives, local authorities, political parties and community and voluntary and business organisations. These submissions are now being examined and details of the consultation are available on my Department's website at the following link: https://www.housing.gov.ie/public-consultation-proposals-modernise-electoral-registration-process.

Home Loan Scheme

Ceisteanna (493)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

493. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to extend the criteria for the Rebuilding Ireland scheme to allow persons who previously had a property which they lost to avail of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22562/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Applicants for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan must be of good credit standing and have a satisfactory credit record. The Housing Agency provides a central credit assessment service to local authorities and credit checks are undertaken as part of the credit assessment process. The final decision on loan approval is a matter for the relevant local authority and its credit committee on a case-by-case basis. Decisions on all housing loan applications must be made in accordance with the statutory credit policy, that underpins the scheme, in order to ensure prudence and consistency in approaches in the best interests of both borrowers and the lending local authorities.

As with the previous local authority home loan offerings, the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan is available to first time buyers only. This is to ensure the effective targeting of limited resources, and I have no plans to amend this requirement.

Home Loan Scheme

Ceisteanna (494)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

494. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he plans to extend the number of exemptions for applicants to the home loan scheme under the Rebuilding Ireland programme (details supplied); if so, the range of exemptions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22563/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Applicants for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan must be of good credit standing and have a satisfactory credit record. The Housing Agency provides a central credit assessment service to local authorities and credit checks are undertaken as part of the credit assessment process. The final decision on loan approval is a matter for the relevant local authority and its credit committee on a case-by-case basis. Decisions on all housing loan applications must be made in accordance with the statutory credit policy, that underpins the scheme, in order to ensure prudence and consistency in approaches in the best interests of both borrowers and the lending local authorities.

A person who has been discharged from bankruptcy and is eligible in all other respects, including being a first-time buyer, for a Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan may apply for a loan and will be subject to the same credit assessment process that applies to all applicants.

As with the previous local authority home loan offerings, the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan is available to first time buyers only. This is to ensure the effective targeting of limited resources, and I have no plans to amend this requirement.

Applicants who are separated or divorced may be treated as first-time buyers, in accordance with the regulations, if they meet certain conditions, including:

- they are separated or divorced under a court order or by a separation agreement;

- the property being purchased is the first property since leaving the family home;

- they have left the family home and retain no interest in it; or

- the other party has remained in the family home.

In meeting the conditions as set out above, in particular that the other party has remained in the family home and that the potential applicant has relinquished any rights they had over that property, no financial gain should have been made by the potential applicant in exchange for relinquishing their rights to the property in this manner. Were the individual to have made a financial gain in releasing their rights to the property, such as being bought out by the other party who remains resident in it, they would be deemed to have been compensated for their interest in the property, and therefore not be eligible as a first-time buyer.

Social and Affordable Housing

Ceisteanna (495)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

495. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he has set an administrative fee for local authorities in respect of turnkey purchases of social housing units; if data on the level of fee charged by each local authority in this regard are collated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22621/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department is currently examining the management and procurement arrangements relating to turnkey delivery for social housing and will issue a Circular on this to local authorities shortly. Turnkeys frequently involve activating housing developments which otherwise would not be built, or completing unfinished estates. Accordingly, the upcoming Circular is likely to include support for local authorities in utilising this approach to deliver new social housing, operating on a consistent basis across all authorities, based on the scale of delivery achieved.

Local Authority Members' Remuneration

Question No. 497 answered with Question No. 491.

Ceisteanna (496)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

496. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when the final report on the Independent Review of the Role and Remuneration of Local Authority Elected Members by a person (details supplied) will be published. [22660/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Sport Ireland Trails, formally the National Trails Office, holds an insurance policy covering approved national way-marked ways and looped walks to protect landowners against claims for loss or damage from recreational users of those trails. The insurance policy covers trails that meet a specified standard and includes all trails currently included in my Department's walks scheme.

As the Deputy will be aware, my officials have been working to develop a national scheme to protect private landowners in upland areas from possible claims from recreational users while on their lands. My Department has been advised that the introduction of any such indemnity scheme would require legislation. My officials met the Attorney General's office recently to explore the various options open to the Department and to identify the precise legislation that would be required to implement an indemnity scheme. This is a complex issue, as it is not possible to define trails on hills and mountains in the same manner as the way-marked trails and many of the lands are commonages.

The legal rights of landowners must also be respected by any scheme while at the same time trying to maintain access to these lands for recreational users on a permissive basis. My officials will continue to work to resolve this matter. In the meantime, I will shortly announce the details of a new mandate for Comhairle na Tuaithe, the Countryside Council, to help strengthen the development of the outdoor recreation sector generally and to realise the potential of outdoor activities for the benefit of rural communities.

Question No. 497 answered with Question No. 491.

Social and Affordable Housing Eligibility

Ceisteanna (498)

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

498. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the rationale behind the income limits to qualify for social housing; and the reason this has resulted in a €6,000 difference in the amount a person or family can earn to qualify for social housing in counties Waterford and Tipperary. [22743/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Applications for social housing support are assessed by the relevant local authority, in accordance with the eligibility and need criteria set down in section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and the associated Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011, as amended.

The 2011 Regulations prescribe maximum net income limits for each local authority, in different bands according to the area concerned, with income being defined and assessed according to a standard Household Means Policy. The 2011 Regulations do not provide local authorities with any discretion to exceed the limits that apply to their administrative areas.

Under the Household Means Policy, which applies in all local authorities, net income for social housing assessment is defined as gross household income less income tax, and the universal social charge. The Policy provides for a range of income disregards, and local authorities also have discretion to decide to disregard income that is temporary, short-term or once off in nature.

The income bands are expressed in terms of a maximum net income threshold for a single-person household, with an allowance of 5% for each additional adult household member, subject to a maximum allowance under this category of 10%; and 2.5% for each child, subject to a maximum allowance under this category of 10%. On that basis if the household consists of three adults and at least four children, the maximum net income threshold for a household in Co. Tipperary is €30,000 and the maximum net income threshold for a household in Waterford City and County is €36,000.

The income bands and the authority area assigned to each band were based on an assessment of the income needed to provide for a household's basic needs, plus a comparative analysis of the local rental cost of housing accommodation across the country. It is important to note that the limits introduced at that time also reflected a blanket increase of €5,000 introduced prior to the new system coming into operation, in order to broaden the base from which social housing tenants are drawn, both promoting sustainable communities and also providing a degree of future-proofing.

Given the cost to the State of providing social housing, it is considered prudent and fair to direct resources to those most in need of social housing support. The current income eligibility requirements generally achieve this, providing for a fair and equitable system of identifying those households facing the greatest challenge in meeting their accommodation needs from their own resources.

However, as part of the broader social housing reform agenda, a review of income eligibility for social housing supports in each local authority area is underway. The review will also have regard to current initiatives being brought forward in terms of affordability and cost rental and will be completed when the impacts of these parallel initiatives have been considered.

Home Loan Scheme

Ceisteanna (499)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

499. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans for a revised credit policy in respect of the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme to include a provision to provide persons who previously owned a home but that have gone through bankruptcy the opportunity to apply for a loan rather than being deemed ineligible in view of their not being a first-time buyer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22746/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Applicants for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan must be of good credit standing and have a satisfactory credit record. The Housing Agency provides a central credit assessment service to local authorities and credit checks are undertaken as part of the credit assessment process. The final decision on loan approval is a matter for the relevant local authority and its credit committee on a case-by-case basis. Decisions on all housing loan applications must be made in accordance with the statutory credit policy, that underpins the scheme, in order to ensure prudence and consistency in approaches in the best interests of both borrowers and the lending local authorities.

A person who has been discharged from bankruptcy and is eligible in all other respects, including being a first-time buyer, for a Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan may apply for a loan and will be subject to the same credit assessment process that applies to all applicants.

As with the previous local authority home loan offerings, the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan is available to first time buyers only. This is to ensure the effective targeting of limited resources, and I have no plans to amend this requirement.

Urban Renewal Schemes

Ceisteanna (500)

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

500. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the establishment of the task force for Tipperary town following the appointment of an independent chairperson in March 2019; the State agencies appointed to the taskforce; and the budget allocated to same. [22768/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Supporting the development and growth of towns and villages across Ireland is a major priority for this Government and to this end policy interventions are being pursued across a number of Government Departments and are being implemented by local authorities around the country. In particular, €2 billion is available under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, with a further €1 billion available under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

In relation to Tipperary Town, I met with local stakeholders on 24 January 2019. Following on from that meeting:

- an independent expert has been appointed to assist and advise Tipperary Town Centre Forum on the development and regeneration of Tipperary Town,

- a Director of Services has been assigned by Tipperary County Council to assist the process and to work closely with the Town Centre Forum towards the delivery of a 3-year Action Plan,

- a planning consultant is being appointed to support the process in preparing an Action Plan for the Town,

- Queens University Belfast has agreed to carry out a consultation exercise in the Town that will afford an opportunity to all stakeholders to participate, with a public engagement set for June, and,

- a Project Manager is to be recruited for a three-year period reporting to the Town Centre Forum and responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the Action Plan.

The work of the Town Centre Forum over the three year period will focus on preparing projects for submission under the various funding programmes that have been put in place by the Government.

My Department continues to engage with Tipperary County Council to provide advices and support in relation to its work on the development and regeneration of its towns, including Tipperary Town.

Homeless Persons Data

Ceisteanna (501, 502, 503)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

501. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons in emergency accommodation for longer than six months in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22777/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

502. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons in emergency accommodation for longer than six months in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22778/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

503. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons sleeping rough voluntarily and involuntarily in County Kildare in 2016, 2017 and January 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22779/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 501 to 503, inclusive, together.

My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homelessness at local level. While responsibility for the provision of accommodation for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities, the administration of homeless services is organised on a regional basis.

The administration of homeless services is organised on a regional basis as this approach is considered more effective, bringing a strategic perspective to bear, including avoidance of over-concentration of homelessness services in certain areas and promoting appropriate regional availability of services, consistent with need. In this regard, Kildare is included in the Mid-East Region along with the counties of Meath and Wicklow, while Laois is included in the Midlands Region along with the counties of Longford, Offaly and Westmeath.

Regional funding allocations are delegated to a lead-authority in each region and under these arrangements responsibility for assessment and decision-making in relation to the funding of services rests with the relevant regional Homeless Management Group, overseen by the lead-authority, within the available allocations.

As part of the delegated arrangements in place, my Department receives performance reports on a quarterly basis from the regional lead authorities. These reports provide information on the numbers of adults in emergency accommodation for longer than six months. The most recently submitted reports (Quarter 1 2019) show that on 31 March 2019, 47 adults in the Midlands Region and 124 adults in the Mid-East Region had been in emergency accommodation for longer than six months.

With regard to the numbers of persons rough sleeping in Co. Kildare, the data requested by the Deputy is not held by my Department. I understand that the incidence of rough sleeping in Co. Kildare is limited to a small number of individuals, with no one sleeping rough due to a lack of available services. When rough sleeping does occur, housing authority-funded outreach workers will engage with the rough sleeper to encourage them to avail of services, including accommodation.

Traveller Accommodation

Ceisteanna (504)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

504. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the funding allocated and drawn down by local authorities for Traveller accommodation in 2018, in tabular form. [22780/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

In accordance with the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998, housing authorities have statutory responsibility for the assessment of the accommodation needs of Travellers and the preparation, adoption and implementation of multi-annual Traveller Accommodation Programmes (TAPs) in their areas. My Department’s role is to ensure that there are adequate structures and supports in place to assist the authorities in providing such accommodation, including a national framework of policy, legislation and funding.

Housing authorities submit funding proposals for individual Traveller-specific projects and developments on an annual basis. These projects are assessed on a case-by-case basis in my Department in advance of allocations being made. In addition, further funding may be considered by my Department throughout the year in the light of progress across the programme generally. There is regular contact between my Department and housing authorities in order to try to ensure maximum progress and drawdown. If it becomes clear that allocations or part thereof may be unspent, then those allocations will be diverted to alternative projects and developments.

The amount of funding allocated and drawn down by housing authorities for Traveller-specific accommodation for 2018 is set out in the following table.

County Council

Allocation 2018

Drawdown 2018

Carlow

€167,740.00

€ -

Cavan

€30,000.00

€ -

Clare

€853,250.00

€13,250

Cork City

€310,000.00

€180,250

Cork County

€251,197.00

€ -

Donegal

€121,800.00

€52,700

Dublin City

€1,321,558,39

€744,400

South Dublin

€869,642.50

€1,284,100

Fingal

€851,189.00

€886,957

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

€673,685.78

€1,099,940

Galway City

€176,996.00

€ -

Galway County

€1,080,100.00

€267,031

Kerry

€15,350.00

€62,538

Kildare

€80,000.00

€29,510

Kilkenny

€201,682.00

€60,067

Laois

€30,000.00

€ -

Leitrim

€159,614.00

€54,306

Limerick

€858,739.00

€470,997

Longford

€2,922.00

€ -

Louth

€17,039.00

€3,810

Mayo

€30,000.00

€ -

Meath

€65,000.00

€ -

Monaghan

€400,000.00

€54,745

Offaly

€49,379.00

€10,999

Roscommon

€230,000.00

€102,273

Sligo

€1,046,095.00

€282,882

Tipperary

€25,655.00

€42,002

Waterford

€317,280.00

€472,725

Westmeath

€150,000.00

€ -

Wexford

€498,801.00

€ -

Wicklow

€209,620.00

€88,783

Reserve

€905,665.33

TOTAL

€12,000,000

€6,264,345

Housing Assistance Payment Eligibility

Ceisteanna (505)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

505. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the income limits that are used to determine if an applicant is eligible for HAP; the discretion allowed regarding previously owned homes or existing co-owned properties that the applicant can no longer inhabit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22840/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

In order to be eligible for HAP support, a household must first qualify for social housing support and be placed on a housing list. Applications for social housing support are assessed by the relevant local authority, in accordance with the eligibility and need criteria set down in section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and the associated Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011, as amended.

The Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011 prescribe maximum net income limits for each local authority, in different bands according to the area concerned, with income being defined and assessed according to a standard Household Means Policy. The 2011 Regulations do not provide local authorities with any discretion to exceed the limits that apply to their administrative areas. The current income limits are available on my Department's website at

https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/other/social-housing-support-table-income-limits

The income bands and the authority area assigned to each band were based on an assessment of the income needed to provide for a household's basic needs, plus a comparative analysis of the local rental cost of housing accommodation across the country. It is important to note that the limits introduced at that time also reflected a blanket increase of €5,000 introduced prior to the new system coming into operation, in order to broaden the base from which social housing tenants are drawn, both promoting sustainable communities and also providing a degree of future-proofing.

Under the Household Means Policy, which applies to all local authorities, net income for social housing assessment is defined as gross household income less income tax, and the universal social charge. The Policy provides for a range of income disregards. Local authorities also have discretion to decide to disregard income that is temporary, short-term or once off in nature.

In relation to previously owned homes or existing co-owned properties, under Section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and Regulation 22(1) of the Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011, a household shall be ineligible for social housing support if it has alternative accommodation that the household could reasonably be expected to use to meet its housing need, either by occupying it or by selling the accommodation and using the proceeds to secure suitable accommodation suitable for the household’s adequate housing. However, Regulation 22(2) of the 2011 Regulations provides that this ineligibility does not apply where an applicant for social housing support owns accommodation that is occupied by his or her spouse, from whom he or she is formally separated or divorced. Under the enactment, a deed of separation is sufficient to set aside this ineligibility ground and it is not necessary to await judicial separation or divorce to get a decision on social housing support in these cases. The rationale for this exception is that the terms of a formal separation or divorce will provide for the future ownership and occupation of the family home and it will be clear whether the household that has left the family home can return to live there.

In order to provide more flexibility to local authorities to deal with cases where the ownership of the family home had not yet been finalised, the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 amended section 20 of the 2009 Act and Local authorities may now provide such households with social housing support under the Rental Accommodation Scheme or the Housing Assistance Payment scheme until ownership of the family home is resolved in a formal separation or divorce settlement.

The 2014 Act amendment provides that support in these circumstances will be reviewed by the local authority at prescribed intervals and the household will not be able to transfer to other forms of social housing support while ownership of the family home remains to be determined. However, where the household ultimately qualifies for the full range of social housing supports, the length of time the household was supported under RAS or HAP will be reckonable for the purposes of determining the household’s relative priority for a transfer.

Social and Affordable Housing Eligibility

Ceisteanna (506)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

506. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of EU nationals refused social housing support due to owning a property in their country of origin, in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; the avenues that exist for those who have properties that have little or no value; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22841/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department does not hold information of the type requested by the Deputy.

The assessment of households for social housing support, and the allocation of that support to qualified households is a matter for individual local authorities in accordance with the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and associated regulations.

Under Section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and Regulation 22(1) of the Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011, a household shall be ineligible for social housing support if it has alternative accommodation that the household could reasonably be expected to use to meet its housing need, either by occupying it or by selling the accommodation and using the proceeds to secure suitable accommodation suitable for the household’s adequate housing.

Departmental Bodies Data

Ceisteanna (507)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

507. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 315 of 18 April 2019, if he will provide the original information requested in tabular form, in view of that fact that the county location and agency staff breakdown is not accessible in the link provided. [22897/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The county location for each Agency/Body under my Department's aegis was provided in the reply to Question No. 315 of 18 April 2019 but is set out again in Table 1.

My Department collects information on staffing numbers for certain non commercial state bodies quarterly, broken down by total number of employees and the number of whole time equivalents. The most recent data, up to end quarter 4 2018, is available on the Public Service Numbers Databank at the following link: http://databank.per.gov.ie/Public_Service_Numbers.aspx. The data for quarter 1 2019 will be published in the coming weeks.

Information on each State body, including staffing information in relation to any of the bodies not separately identified at the link above, is available directly from each agency/body at the relevant email address provided in Table 2.

Table 1

Agency/Body

Location of Headquarters

An Bord Pleanála

Dublin

Ervia

Dublin

Gas Networks Ireland

Cork

Housing Sustainable Communities Agency

Dublin

Housing Finance Agency

Dublin

Irish Water

Dublin

Local Government Management Agency

Dublin

Ordnance Survey Ireland

Dublin

Property Registration Authority

Dublin

Pyrite Resolution Board

Dublin

Residential Tenancies Board

Dublin

Valuation Office

Dublin

Valuation Tribunal

Dublin

Land Development Agency *

Dublin

Office of the Planning Regulator *

Dublin

National Oversight and Audit Commission

Dublin

* Temporary pending final decisions

Table 2

Agency

Email address

An Bord Pleanála

Oireachtasqueries@pleanala.ie

Ervia, Gas Networks Ireland

oireachtas@ervia.ie

Housing Sustainable Communities Agency

publicreps@housingagency.ie

Housing Finance Agency

oireachtas.enquiries@hfa.ie

Irish Water

oireachtasmembers@water.ie

Local Government Management Agency

corporate@lgma.ie

Ordnance Survey Ireland

Oireachtas@osi.ie

Property Registration Authority

reps@prai.ie

Pyrite Resolution Board

oireachtasinfo@pyriteboard.ie

Residential Tenancies Board

OireachtasMembersQueries@rtb.ie

Valuation Office

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Ceisteanna (508)

Seán Fleming

Ceist:

508. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of times she has met formally with the CEO, chairperson or equivalent in each State agency under the remit of her Department to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22317/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

Details of my Ministerial Diary are published on my Department's website on a quarterly basis. For the convenience of the Deputy, the details requested in relation to formal meetings with the CEO and or chairperson or equivalent of those State agencies under the remit of my Department to date in 2019 are as follows.

March: Maura McGrath, Chair of the National Concert Hall

April: Rose McHugh (Chair) and Mary McCarthy (Director) of the Crawford Gallery

For the sake of completeness, I would also advise the Deputy that my colleague the Minister of State (with special responsibility for the Gaeltacht), Sean Kyne, T.D, met with the Chair and CEO of Foras na Gaeilge in March of this year.

In addition to these meetings the Deputy will be aware that my Department officials are in regular co contact with the management of these agencies on an ongoing basis.