Thursday, 21 November 2019

Ceisteanna (262)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

262. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the average monthly housing assistance payment for each quarter of 2019 to date; the average monthly HAP payment for each county; the number of recipients by county for each quarter of 2019 to date, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48345/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) plays a vital role in housing eligible families and individuals. At the end of Q2 2019, over 62,700 HAP tenancies had been set-up since the scheme commenced, of which there were more than 48,000 households actively in receipt of HAP support and over 28,000 separate landlords and agents providing accommodation to households supported by the scheme.

Details of the average monthly landlord payment by local authority area and the number of active tenancies at the end of Quarters 1 and 2 2019, are set out in the following table. Information in respect of Quarter 3 2019 is currently being compiled and will be available shortly.

Local Authority

Average landlord payment Q1 2019

No. of Active Tenancies Q1 2019

Average landlord payment Q2 2019

No. of Active Tenancies Q2 2019

Carlow County Council

554

707

555

743

Cavan County Council

455

301

456

322

Clare County Council

465

1,332

467

1,344

Cork City Council

774

2,167

791

2,546

Cork County Council

737

3,427

732

3,228

Donegal County Council

394

1,727

395

1,734

Dublin City Council

1,292

2,594

1,292

2,904

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

1,359

437

1,357

468

Fingal County Council

1,340

1,436

1,348

1,581

Galway City Council

807

1,465

813

1,544

Galway County Council

711

1,052

717

1,093

Kerry County Council

516

1,002

517

1,076

Kildare County Council

921

2,042

923

2,109

Kilkenny County Council

578

866

583

883

Laois County Council

581

715

589

788

Leitrim County Council

414

223

416

237

Limerick City and County Council

584

2,219

589

2264

Longford County Council

408

297

412

306

Louth County Council

846

2,786

860

2,890

Mayo County Council

506

1,158

510

1,201

Meath County Council

937

1,804

944

1,915

Monaghan County Council

490

555

498

579

Offaly County Council

515

862

520

855

Roscommon County Council

457

370

461

391

Sligo County Council

506

677

509

712

South Dublin County Council

1,230

2657

1,245

2,701

Tipperary County Council

492

1,772

495

1,792

Waterford City and County Council

513

1,826

517

1,863

Westmeath County Council

559

716

560

780

Wexford County Council

527

1,131

529

1,222

Wicklow County Council

1,005

1,036

1,001

1,197

Average Monthly Payment

817

829

DRHE*

4,556

4,993

Total Active Tenancies

45,915

48,261

* The average monthly landlord payment for tenancies set up by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) are recorded against the individual local authority.

My Department continues to keep the operation of the HAP scheme under review. In general, I am satisfied with the operation of the HAP and I consider it to be a key vehicle for meeting housing need and fulfilling the ambitious programme outlined under Rebuilding Ireland.