Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Ceisteanna (501)

Martin Kenny

Ceist:

501. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of private houses that local authorities are renting and subletting as social housing by local authority; the annual cost of renting these houses in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40631/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The Government has set out an ambitious set of targets for the delivery of social housing in the period to 2021 in its Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan. A commitment to deliver 50,000 new social housing homes through a range of delivery mechanisms is being supported by a multi-annual Exchequer commitment totaling €6.5 billion over the period of the plan. These targets will be achieved using a combination of building, purchasing and leasing high quality properties to meet the needs of households on local authority waiting lists around the country.

Of the 50,000 social housing homes to be delivered under Rebuilding Ireland, 10,000 are targeted to be leased by local authorities and approved housing bodies under leasing arrangements from a range of different sources.

The Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP) supports this delivery of social housing by providing financial support to local authorities for the leasing of houses and apartments. Dwellings under the scheme come from a number of different sources including private owners, Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs), Part V and the NAMA Special Purpose Vehicle (NARPS).

Long term lease arrangements, including the enhanced lease, of privately owned dwellings can be entered into by either local authorities or AHBs. Under these arrangements the local authority or AHB acts as the landlord to the tenant. Local authorities may also enter into availability arrangements with private owners whereby an owner makes their property available to tenants of the local authority for a defined period. Under this type of arrangement, the owner of the property acts as the landlord to the tenant and performs all the landlord obligations.

Details of the total number of privately owned homes made available to local authorities directly (i.e. not through an AHB) under long term lease or availability arrangements at the end of each of the years 2016 to 2018, and at end Q2 2019, are set out in Tables 1 and 2, together with the associated payments to local authorities. Payments made to local authorities in any given year may include claims relating to the previous year, which were previously unclaimed by the local authority.

Table 1: Total operational dwellings provided under lease or availability agreements between Private Owners and Local Authorities 2016 to End Q2 2019

LA

2016

2017

2018

Up to Q2 2019

Carlow County Council

36

39

42

41

Cavan County Council

16

16

14

15

Clare County Council

206

264

266

275

Cork City Council

61

61

59

58

Cork County Council

7

7

6

4

DLR County Council

20

22

22

22

Donegal County Council

178

180

167

168

Dublin City Council

136

129

137

142

Fingal County Council

144

168

168

181

Galway City Council

163

160

114

109

Galway County Council

40

42

29

28

Kerry County Council

186

233

267

260

Kildare County Council

1

2

19

18

Kilkenny County Council

25

9

25

29

Laois County Council

38

31

30

30

Leitrim County Council

16

15

13

13

Limerick City and County Council

32

36

56

61

Longford County Council

90

92

103

99

Louth County Council

264

268

264

264

Mayo County Council

176

195

155

169

Meath County Council

23

23

24

25

Monaghan County Council

5

5

9

9

Offaly County Council

204

206

207

208

Roscommon County Council

4

4

7

14

Sligo County Council

39

40

41

41

South Dublin County Council

349

369

366

362

Tipperary County Council

361

374

396

395

Waterford City and County Council

67

60

124

148

Westmeath County Council

291

255

291

293

Wexford County Council

105

105

122

123

Wicklow County Council

17

19

17

18

Total Operational

3,300

3,429

3,560

3,622

Table 2: Total amount paid to local authorities in respect of dwellings made available under lease or availability agreements between Private Owners and Local Authorities 2016 to End Q2 2019

LA

2016

2017

2018

Up to Q2 2019

Carlow County Council

€186,271

€277,394

€248,688

€60,870

Cavan County Council

€79,451

€89,272

€84,633

€20,500

Clare County Council

€1,178,967

€1,457,652

€1,835,086

€522,844

Cork City Council

€467,126

€461,881

€361,599

€110,559

Cork County Council

€131,483

€29,774

€23,686

€6,063

DLR County Council

€244,457

€284,885

€346,252

€90,419

Donegal County Council

€792,862

€1,395,061

€1,168,700

€292,679

Dublin City Council

€1,269,382

€1,268,005

€1,706,785

€496,654

Fingal County Council

€1,520,633

€1,818,995

€1,993,851

€607,042

Galway City Council

€1,272,002

€1,319,269

€1,247,258

€298,224

Galway County Council

€144,583

€234,167

€208,867

€55,917

Kerry County Council

€696,287

€1,701,976

€1,735,375

€441,494

Kildare County Council

€64,348

€20,549

€102,296

€0

Kilkenny County Council

€59,459

€50,839

€105,791

€77,208

Laois County Council

€236,738

€229,212

€256,338

€0

Leitrim County Council

€59,592

€63,091

€61,521

€15,850

Limerick City and County Council

€205,119

€238,416

€433,950

€134,407

Longford County Council

€325,517

€440,052

€568,215

€150,702

Louth County Council

€1,898,544

€2,068,027

€2,820,507

€568,893

Mayo County Council

€771,252

€828,874

€934,843

€233,026

Meath County Council

€128,778

€171,590

€148,370

€53,442

Monaghan County Council

€43,260

€28,861

€41,033

€13,618

Offaly County Council

€1,049,212

€1,402,145

€1,256,400

€327,475

Roscommon County Council

€21,998

€24,000

€38,945

€28,392

Sligo County Council

€292,836

€315,754

€349,358

€88,916

South Dublin County Council

€2,985,837

€5,632,023

€4,833,228

€1,241,822

Tipperary County Council

€1,498,150

€2,463,763

€2,155,626

€595,828

Waterford City and County Council

€320,232

€361,156

€851,182

€248,493

Westmeath County Council

€1,564,580

€1,361,235

€1,668,132

€473,656

Wexford County Council

€545,085

€646,277

€777,553

€223,715

Wicklow County Council

€163,343

€173,667

€160,391

€71,022

Total Spend

€20,217,384

€26,857,862

€28,524,459

€7,549,730